What we do

Discover our work and projects across Europe.

Our work so far

We have been working to support democracy since 2010. In that time we have undertaken numerous projects and worked with thousands of participants.


Interested in finding out more about how we can help bring your idea to life, deliver an innovative participatory engagement exercise with citizens or work with you to test new ideas? Get in touch.

Our Work

We work to create a democracy that works for everyone. That means creating open and welcoming environments for participation, supporting those who feel less able to contribute, and ensuring that governments and other organisations are genuinely listening.

The change we work for is a system change - it has lots of different elements. That’s why our work is so varied, sometimes undertaking research, sometimes practical projects, and sometimes training and developing government officials and citizens.

At the heart of all of it, though, is our ambition to create a connected democracy that brings people together in new ways and lets them take part in the decisions that shape their lives and communities.

Reinventing democracy means working on the ground and in international institutions. It means not leaving anyone out of the conversation. That’s why our networks of staff, partners and members are so important, extending our work across Europe, and developing local connections and projects.

Making climate change a democratic not a technocratic issue is the fundamental political challenge of our times.

Prof David Runciman, Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge.

To find out more, discover how to become a member, or look in more detail at some of our projects and thinking.

Our Projects

We work across Europe, at every level, to open up new democratic opportunities. Find out more about our recent work.

Who We Work With

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver our work. Some recent and significant ones are shown below.

I feel like my network in this space has exploded in the last few days, thanks to all of you!

From one of our clients

  • Waltham Forest Council logo Waltham Forest Council
  • Viable Cities logo Viable Cities
  • Providus logo Providus
  • Climate-KIC  logo Climate-KIC
  • European Commission logo European Commission
  • Luminate logo Luminate
  • Adur & Worthing Councils logo Adur & Worthing Councils
  • Camden Council logo Camden Council

Who Funds Us

The majority of our income comes from projects that we undertake, where we are delivering particular projects or initiatives. We are also grateful for support from our members and from charitable foundations. As a democratic and open organisation, we choose to publish our funders on our website.

Our income during calendar year 2019

Income less than five thousand (EUR/GBP) is not included
  • King Baudouin Foundation: 10,000 EUR
  • Dudley Council: 12,150 GBP
  • UK Citizen Convention on the Constitution: 21,634 GBP
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: 33,883 GBP
  • London Borough of Waltham Forest: 38,200 GBP
  • London Borough of Newham: 39,625 GBP
  • London Borough of Camden: 39,750 GBP
  • London Borough of Ealing: 46,140 GBP
  • Amsterdam City Council: 49,967 EUR
  • UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport: 57,278 GBP
  • Luminate: 80,620 EUR
  • Open Government Partnership: 119,063 EUR
  • Scottish Government: 187,488 GBP
  • EIT Climate-KIC: 242,850 EUR
  • Horizon 2020 Research Grant: 338,300 EUR
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