Annie Cook

Network & Delivery Manager

Why Democratic Society?

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

A classic Ghandi quote

I would like to live in a world that is fairer, more inclusive and equal.

Where I'm based: Edinburgh, Scotland
Languages I speak: English

Annie is an experienced creative engagement professional with specialism in youth engagement and media. At Democratic Society, Annie has developed PB learning, training and support materials for people looking to run PB processes including directing and producing a Scottish national message film for PB in partnership with COSLA and is currently leading on a community digital PB research project in Scotland with SCDC. Annie designed and delivered Scotland’s AI Strategy public engagement work developing videos, resources and workshops for the public. Annie is an experienced facilitator, facilitating PB events, Scotland’s Citizen Assembly, Scotland's Climate Assembly, NACWG, Scotland’s AI Strategy workshops and experienced in online facilitation; pseudo World Cafés/ fishbowl sessions. Annie is the Designated Safeguarding Officer at Democratic Society.

Prior to Democratic Society, Annie worked at FABB Scotland (facilitating access and breaking barriers), running and setting up projects including life skills programmes and piloted a musical theatre group to teach creative arts and musical theatre for young people with additional needs. Annie has centre-managed in education settings across the UK for international students (9-18 yrs), with responsibility for centre operations, safeguarding and welfare. She has experience designing, delivering and directing productions and workshops in both theatre and film. Annie holds a BA (Hons) in Film & Media from the University of Stirling.

3 things that make me unique
  • I’m a people person and love hearing people’s unique stories and different perspectives from all walks of life, which is what drew me to working at Democratic Society .
  • Quite imaginative and creative. Outside of work, I’ve always got a project on the go, whether that’s filming or directing something, doing a show or working with a group on a short sketch. There’s always an idea floating about.
3 things I’m learning
  • I'm continually learning about various governmental and power structures, and the ways in which organisations like ours are constructing democratic innovations to shape a fairer future.
  • I am passionate about inclusion and equality. I think it’s incredibly important to listen and learn from people that have different lived experiences to our own.
  • I am learning how to fly a plane soon, even though I have a phobia of heights. Doing or experiencing things that are a bit scary is probably what teaches the most lessons in life.
What I’m currently working on at Democratic Society

PB in Scotland and DEMOTEC.

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