Members – Demsoc needs you!

This is the first in a series of posts setting out our initial thoughts about Demsoc’s membership arrangements and governance. Our membership is growing, and we want to make sure that we are practising what we preach and being the flexible, networked, and democratic organisation we tell government to be. We’ll be sharing our ideas […]

North Street Quarter Consultation: First report

Demsoc are providing independent facilitation for the consultation events around the North Street Quarter redevelopment. The first consultation events took place last month. The second set of consultation events will take place in the summer. The first consultation events saw 632 people attend, with 278 questionnaires and 358 other comments left. The final report on what […]

Think national, act local

This column originally appeared in the Local Government Chronicle.  For the last month or so, I’ve been working on one issue – how to take decisions openly – in two different projects, one in Whitehall and one in Lewes District Council. The contrasts are fascinating. With the Cabinet Office I’ve been running a discussion about […]

The 2050 from Brussels-Schuman

The EU Transport White Paper sets out transport aspirations our political system is entirely incapable of delivering. Norman Baker, the Lib Dem transport minister, gave a response to the new White Paper that was classic Bore at the Golf Club Bar. He said, and I paraphrase, “EU, eh? Brussels, eh? Banning cars? Crazy or what? […]