Citizens' Lab for Remaking Democracy

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Birkbeck University of London, Stratford. Rooms US 1.18 - 1.20 ((Just past the Theatre Royal)

1 Salway Road

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E15 1NF

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To explore plans for a Convention on UK Democracy and different routes to a deeper democracy

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Given that – with or without the Brexit logjam – faith in existing politics and the political system is diminishing daily, how can better paths to democracy be theorised and acted upon?

This participatory event will look at recent experiences and ideas about how to flex democratic muscles locally and nationally, in particular plans for a Convention on UK Democracy.

Democratic innovation and reform practitioners will join citizens with experience of participatory democracy in café table style. Laptops on each table will connect to interactive presentation software

Session 1: How could a Convention on UK Democracy work? Report from the scoping project which is carrying out detailed work in preparation for a full-scale convention in 2020. Discussion.

Session 2: Sharing of local and UK-wide experiences. Invited speakers include Newham mayor Rokhsana Fiaz who has championed deliberative local assemblies.

Session 3: Further discussion rounds with possible questions such as:

● What does democracy mean for you?

● What is a citizen’s convention?

● Who designs it and how are the questions/issues devised and agreed?

● Can conventions/assemblies do more than advise? If so how?

● Do we need a new constitution or can the existing one be reformed?

The results of the three sessions will be brought together on the day by facilitators and made into a document to be shared by the participants and for possible further action.

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Birkbeck University of London, Stratford. Rooms US 1.18 - 1.20 ((Just past the Theatre Royal)

1 Salway Road

London

E15 1NF

United Kingdom

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