24th July 2020 by Niamh Webster
The understated importance of principles and remembering why we do what we do Talking of principles often causes eyes to glaze over, minds to wander and sleepy heads to nod off… But taking an open approach as our key principle guided us. It made our public discussion a success. Easing lockdown has dominated the media...
26th June 2020 by Niamh Webster
Blog by our team member Niamh Webster. Originally published in the Smart Places illustrated blog series of 7 articles featuring thought pieces from a diverse line up of thinkers, practitioners, experts and leaders in this field. Read the other articles in the series and the full programme of events. With thanks to James Albon for the...
26th February 2020 by Sophie Lock
‘Nothing about us without us’ is a mantra I often heard when working at a disability charity. The phrase has been a key part of the disability rights movement. It reflects the belief that decisions should never be made without the involvement of those affected. For many in the world of health and social care,...
19th February 2020 by Niamh Webster
Read Niamh Webster’s presentation from Apolitical’ s online workshop on public engagement in policymaking. Imagine giving a presentation to 700 people all over the world while still wearing your slippers. This happened to me recently. No, not a bad dream, just speaking at a global Apolitical online workshop. Sitting at my kitchen table on video...
6th February 2020 by Niamh Webster
Top tips from Korea to Brazil, Japan to France. Reflections on an international week of democratic innovations in Manchester – and the biggest gathering of democracy fanatics I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Thanks to David Attenborough, citizens’ assemblies hit the headlines a couple weeks ago. Speaking at the UK climate change assembly, Sir...
27th June 2017 by Chris Connolly
It seems as though everyone is trying to understand what digital democracy is in practice, but what do we mean by e-democracy or digital democracy?
22nd September 2015 by Leah Lockhart
The City Link network is a growing group of artists, academics and creatives of all shades who have an interest in creating democratic change in cities through artistic and cultural means.
7th June 2015 by Leah Lockhart
We've opened up our first instance of crowdsourcing ideas and suggestions today and it's all around open data.
6th March 2015 by Christian Storstein
Yesterday I joined a whole lot of interesting and passionate people at Democracy Sector Day, organised by Oliver Escobar and colleagues from What Works Scotland.