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

Supporting community access to digital participatory budgeting tools in Scotland Report 2021

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Scotland's Open Government public idea generation workshops

Join us for Scotland's Open Government idea generation public workshops (5 topics around climate, data & digital, financial transparency, democracy & participation and health & social care), which will be fed into Scotland’s Open Government National Action Plan. These will be held at the end of July 2021. Application form: https://bit.ly/3hscXAi

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Scotland Democracy Lab- report

Read our report findings from the Scotland Democracy Lab event held on 30th April around trust in government throughout the pandemic and the role of the media.

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Youth-led Participatory Budgeting in North Ayrshire

We spoke to Donna Anderson, Participation and Democracy Officer and Youth Work Lead for North Ayrshire Council about the youth-led PB processes happening in North Ayrshire.

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#TheEuropeChallenge launched 9th May 2021 at 14.30-15.30 CEST

How are public libraries and their communities solving big challenges in Europe? #TheEuropeChallenge launched on 9th May 2021 at 14.30-15.30 CEST! During this live event we introduced the Europe Challenge, and discussed how this new initiative works towards big and small solutions to the most pressing issues of our times. What is the Europe Challenge? Watch a short animation to find out here: https://youtu.be/zynuru0-mKo

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Scotland Democracy Lab- continuing the conversations

On 30th April 2021 we ran an online workshop through Zoom about democracy in Scotland through the lens of present challenges including decision making throughout the pandemic. Although the workshop has now concluded there is a public online discussion space for you to contribute your ideas and thoughts to these topics: https://pace-democracy-lab-scotland.yrpri.org/community/3210

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Upcoming events

Scotland’s Climate Assembly brought together people from different walks of life across Scotland, to learn about and discuss the question: ‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’ Join us on 29th April to discuss the process and outcomes from the Climate Assembly with Kelly McBride, Director of Scotland, at the Democratic Society

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The Orléans Métropole - putting down roots

A case study of the Orléans Métropole, a grouping of 22 local councils participating in the EIT Climate-KIC Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstrations project.

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