Who we are

Meet the team and find out about our work.

About us

Democratic Society is a network of people working to create a democracy that works for the 21st century. We undertake practical projects, conduct research and build new democratic infrastructure that lets people involve themselves in the decisions that shape their lives.

Based in Brussels but with offices across Europe, we work to build a democracy where citizens' voices are heard from the street up to national and European governments.

Networked, connected and engaged

The world is ever more globalised and interconnected, and democracy needs to reflect that. When decisions are taken at European or global level, they affect people in communities. When people participate in their communities, their voice needs to be heard at national and global level.

We are part of global democracy innovation groups, like Democracy Research and Development, and have networks around the world. In our work, we regularly work in partnership with democracy organisations, civil society and others, and work to build open networks in which all can freely participate.

We are non-partisan and politically independent, but that doesn't mean we don't care. We are an engaged organisation, committed to realising our values of openness, equality, fairness, and internationalism in everything we do.

Our staff and members are passionate individuals, active in a wide range of causes. We encourage them to be active citizens - while ensuring rigorous, impartial and independent process in our own work.

Our team

Our team are based in ten countries across Europe. They're our biggest asset and they make democracy better for everyone.


Democratic Society is a membership organisation, bringing together citizens of every political opinion and none, who want to build an open, informed and participatory democracy. In joining us as a member, you're making a commitment to support our values and be part of what we do - around Europe and where you are.

Become a supporter to find out more about our work, and help us to advance our work in your community and across Europe.

Membership benefits:

  • A regular member newsletter
  • Priority booking to Democratic Society public events
  • Briefing sessions from our team on our work
  • Member rates on training and support for your own democracy projects
  • Invitations to meetups and member events

More about our membership benefits

As a member, you'll get access to our team and resources for your ideas. Regular member sessions with our team will give you the inside track on our projects and help you learn about creating democratic change in your communuity. We're developing an interactive member-only website where you can join other members to discuss and develop thinking on all forms of democracy and participation. You'll also get priority invitations to a range of events, and a ticket to our General Assembly, held every year in June.

Most important of all, you'll be part of a community of members and our team who are working to build the systems that will keep democracy running through the 21st century and beyond.

Membership types

Supporter Member

Free and open to everyone who subscribes to our core values, and is willing to follow the Society's rules.

Full Member

For those who have a track record of service to the Society or its goals in creating better democracies.

For more information

To find out more, email us at members@demsoc.org.

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