The Democratic Society
“We brought together a councillor, an MP’s researcher, and a Pirate Party member who argues for greater direct democracy to each talk about ‘Why do we need politicians?’ in front of a public audience. After short speeches from each of the panellists the whole room broke into small groups to discuss this further, with each panellist going to a different table. We then had a whole group discussion where anyone was encouraged to share their thoughts.
Improving engagement in democracy is what we care about. The Parliament Week brand and hashtag were useful to help promote the event.
Getting a really mixed group of people together, and having a really inspiring chat together about our democracy and how it could be better. “
Mat Basford – Engagement Officer