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How can devolution become a breakthrough for engagement in democracy?
Thu 13 October 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Devolution is happening - powers have been transferred by the government to groups of councils across the country, with Greater Manchester at the forefront and mayors will be elected in 2017 to head these bodies.
How can we use these changes to bridge the current gulf between the public and politics? What would success look like? How do we work with decision-makers to create this? And what are some of the dangers and pitfalls?
At the Democratic Society (Demsoc) we’ve been working on improving democracy for over a decade now, working with local, national, and international governments. We have recently set up a new hub in Manchester to build upon the work being done by our other hubs in Edinburgh and Brighton.
We will start the evening with brief thoughts from three people at the forefront of improving local democracy, giving their perspective on the situation. This will include the Democratic Society’s founder, Anthony Zacharzewski and Hattie Andrews, Director of The Politics Project. We will then open the discussion to hear thoughts and ideas from people in the room.
This will be the first in a series of monthly events that bring together a diverse crowd of people with insight or interest in improving our democracy - to debate, to network, and to learn from each other - mirroring an approach that has brought together a vibrant expert and activist community around our existing hubs.
Are you someone who works in improving public engagement? Do you volunteer in your community or take an active role in local politics? Are you interested in these changes and how to make a better democracy? If so, we’d love you to be in the room.
If you want any further information or have any queries, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org. The room we are using is wheelchair accessible. For any other access enquiries, please contact us on the above email or call 0784690260.
We very much look forward to seeing you there.