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Our staff and members contribute to the growing discussion on modernising democracy. Discover some of our recent contributions here.

Exeter Guild Democracy Review

A look into Demsoc’s work with the Students’ Union for the University of Exeter

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Making sure schoolgirls' voices are heard: the story of Girls@COP26

Giving voice to schoolgirls: promoting gender equality in the fight against climate change - an interview with Annette Christie, Girls@COP26 convener

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Youth changing politics and driving climate action in Poland: Part 1

Driving climate and political action, an interview with Dominik Madej, Polish youth activist - Part 1

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Youth changing politics and driving climate action in Poland: Part 2

Driving climate and political action, an interview with Dominik Madej, Polish youth activist - Part 2

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COP26: Demsoc investigate democracy in climate action

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Introducing PSi, an audio platform for deliberative democracy

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How can citizen voices advance digital rights?

The Citizen Voices for Digital Rights programme was funded by the City Coalition for Digital Rights and engaged the cities of Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Milan and Tirana. It sought to address the role of digital technologies and develop a practical approach to improve the active participation of citizens in data collection, data governance and knowledge creation. It also sought to co-design pathways for citizens to advocate for their own, and their communities', digital rights.

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Scotland Open Government National Action Plan public workshop reports 2021

Over July-August 2021, Democratic Society designed and delivered a series of Open Government public engagement workshops to capture thoughts and feedback from the public on what should be included in the National Action Plan commitments. These workshop reports with outcomes and summary of participants valuable feedback on the different thematic commitment areas are available now. These thematic areas are on democracy & participation, climate, health & social care, financial transparency, digital & data and one youth specific session.

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