New ERS report on the future of political parties

Our friends at the Electoral Reform Society have a new report out, on the future of political parties. Go and read the whole thing, but the summary is: Increased role for non-members: Parties’ experiments with involving non fee-paying supporters should be accelerated More member- and supporter-led policymaking: People want to see an end to top-down, command-and-control politics […]

Convention and public

Our friends at the Electoral Reform Society have called for a citizen-led constitutional convention on the future democratic arrangements of the UK. We signed this petition, along with several other democracy organisations and 15,000 individuals. The petition was published yesterday — by coincidence while I was reflecting on an interesting event run by the School of […]

Statistics, evidence and #openpolicy (#bsbd event)

Some very quick reflections on the UK Statistics Authority’s seminar on Better Statistics, Better Data, which took place this morning. It gave me a slight sense of déjà vu from conversations a decade or more ago – statistics are hard to understand, most people don’t understand them (or trust them), and there are significant priming effects […]

Open Policymaking Europe this Thursday in Brussels

As many of you may know, this Thursday, following on from the EuroPCom conference in Brussels, the Democratic Society are holding an unconference about open policymaking in Europe. This is an event for those both from inside and outside of government who are interested in making policy in an open way, want to look at new ways […]

Speaker’s Commission at Brighton Digital Festival

I would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to everyone who took part in the Speaker’s Commission at Brighton Digital Festival, most especially the young people who made this event possible – Caroline Lucas MP Speaker’s Commission at Brighton Digital Festival 9.30am-1pm, 17th September American Express Community Stadium, Brighton   The Speaker’s Commission at […]

Open Policymaking Unconference BXL 2014

The Democratic Society are holding an unconference about open policymaking in Europe on 16th October in Brussels!   This is an event for those both from inside and outside of government who are interested in making policy in an open way, want to look at new ways that this can be done and develop new ideas. The […]

GovCamp Cymru 2014

On Saturday 27th of September 2014 Cardiff played host to the first ever GovCamp in Wales. Govcamp, already a regular event in other parts of the UK, is an ‘unconference’ where participants set the agenda, host discussions, share their expertise and work on identifying and solving problems in Government. The predominant, but not single, focus […]

Event Review: Open Policy Making & Public Dialogue @ BIS 5/6/14

Last week Involve, Sciencewise, and the Open Policy Making Team brought together policy makers from across government departments to learn more about the benefits of Open Policy Making and Public Dialogue. The event aimed to explore the barriers civil servants come up against when trying to carry out genuine engagement. The event attendees were also encouraged […]