Democracy Maker Day 2018

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Notwestminster participants

Part of Notwestminster, a free event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better.

We’re holding a Democracy Maker Day where anyone who is already doing (or who wants to do) something practical to improve our local democracy can work together with others in our network.

Who is it for?

Anyone is welcome to join in:

  • Digital makers

  • Local government officers

  • Councillors and candidates

  • Community activists

  • Hyperlocals

  • Open data advocates

  • Researchers and students

  • Voters of today and tomorrow

If you're interested in taking part, please register now.

Share your ideas

We want to hear your ideas for something that we can all work on together. To get you thinking, we’ve suggested a few things. These are all recommendations from the Kirklees Democracy Commission’s “Growing a stronger local democracy” report. Please tell us if you’re interested in working on any of these. We’re also keen to hear your own suggestions, and we’d like to hear from anyone who would like to lead the day.

A few ideas for starters:

  • Improving our democratic content our approach to creating and sharing democratic content. This should involve exploring different and innovative ways of developing content to facilitate dialogue and engagement before, during and after the formal decision-making process.

  • Social media audits for councillors
    ...provide our councillors with a live social media audit that provides details of social media use, online networks and connectivity for the ward they represent.

  • Data for our wards and neighbourhoods
    ...provide timely information and intelligence at a ward and neighbourhood level to support councillors and communities in working effectively. 

  • Content standards for local democracy
    ...develop a set of democratic content standards which should be used as a basis for all content that councils produce and publish as part of decision-making. These should include using clear language, helping people to understand what point we're at on the decision-making journey and making sure that our content is based on citizens' needs.

  • Making council meetings easier to understand
    ...develop online and off-line interpretive information for the public relating to all of our public meetings. Such information can be used at meetings but can also be part of wider civic awareness about the council and our democratic processes.

Tell us what you’d like to work on at our Democracy Maker Day

Get involved

Please come along to get more involved in the practical work of strengthening our local democracy.

Want to be part of our Slack community and start discussing ideas with other members of our network? Email us at to let us know that you'd like to join.

Other Notwestminster events

What else is on at Notwestminster?

This year’s Notwestminster is a two day event, including a Democracy Maker Day and PechaKucha Night on the Friday and participant-led workshops, lightning talks and discussions on the Saturday. On both days you can get advice about making the most of digital technology, join us for a few drinks and be part of creative activities with a distinctly democratic flavour.

Notwestminster 2018 main event

PechaKucha Night x Notwestminster - tickets will be available nearer the time

Notwestminster 2018 is sponsored by:

The Media Centre

With thanks to our partners:

Local Gov Digital

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