Event Alert: Democracy in action? – The Place of Referendums in Scotland and the UK

The referendum is, in theory, one of the best democratic instruments around.  One person, one vote. Direct Democracy in action. Look at Switzerland! However, when we look at referendums in more detail, we can be exposed to a very different picture. Are referendums being used within a democratic culture that generates positive democratic outcomes? Alistair […]

#EURef: ‘That’s Democracy’: but is it the type of democracy we want?

The Democratic Society is more committed than ever to helping bring about a more participative democracy. Many people may feel a lot of cognitive dissonance around democracy right now. 17.4 million people seemingly disagree with 16.1 million people, and just fewer than 13 million people, who were eligible to vote but chose not to, have […]

Beyond #BoatyMcBoatface: Digital Tools for Democracy

While various elections were taking place the other week another Democratic Battle was coming to an end: Rest In Peace RSS Boaty McBoatface – and all who will never sail in her. After much hype, laughter and excitement regarding the potential new name of Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) £200m polar research vessel the policy […]

#HolyroodTweetUp Scottish Leaders’ Debate Bingo

After the seven-headed Leaders’ Debate in Manchester last week, the TV Debate focus is now shifting to Scotland as Scottish Party Leaders prepare to discuss the issues that matter to Scottish voters. The first Scottish Leaders’ TV Debate of the General Election Campaign will take place tonight and will be broadcast by STV. You find […]

Better Place Forum: Initial Thoughts.

Demsoc and ERS Scotland recently organised and facilitated a forum entitled: ‘A Better Place: Communities, Citizens and Consumers & New Approaches to Social Policy & Public Services’. We are currently compiling a report based on the discussions at the forum, but in the meantime, you can read my initial thoughts over on the What Works […]

Zero Heroes – Final Update – Announcement of All Funded Projects

Thanks again to all who voted for ideas and submitted proposals as part of the Zero Heroes Competition. We are pleased to announce the full set of projects that will be funded as a result of the community competition and input from residents of Lewes District. Following our call for proposals, we were delighted to receive applications from […]

Open EU – How do you want to talk to EU policymakers? (Citizens & the third sector)

Open EU is a project that has been funded by the European Commission, so that we can show them how open policymaking can be done in practice. We are creating a shared action plan on opening up EU institutions – a collaborative statement that highlights the areas in which experiments could take place, the best standards of […]

Event Report: #PostIndyRef: The Future of Local Democracy

On a snowy evening in mid-January the Scottish Youth Theatre in Glasgow was packed for a discussion on the future of Scottish local democracy and community participation in decision making. Our starting point was last summer’s report by the independent Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy. The Commission, chaired by Cllr David O’Neill from North Ayrshire, had […]