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What’s next for Notwestminster?

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Notwestminster participants

Join in our online get-together
Friday 26th February, 2pm to 4pm
Register now to take part


Notwestminster is for everyone who has something positive to say about our local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better.

Although we can’t have our annual Notwestminster event in Huddersfield this February, we are still here for each other. And we’re still here for our local democracy.

You can come to Notwestminster to share your ideas and experiences, listen to others, learn new ways of doing things, be part of finding solutions to issues for our local democracy, bring your questions, share your aspirations, hear things that will spark your imagination, and meet lots of people who are at the heart of efforts to improve our local democracy, for everyone. 

Whilst we’re not able to gather, collaborate in the same room or talk over beer and curry in quite the same way this year, we’d love to hear your ideas about how we can best support each other over the coming months. This could be through some online workshops or more informal catch ups. We’re interested to hear what would work for you.

If you’ve already got involved in Notwestminster – or if you’d like to be involved – please come and take part in this informal online discussion about what happens next. You’ll be able to share:

  • Your thoughts about how connecting with people in the Notwestminster network could be useful for you and for your organisation this year.
  • Ideas for online discussions, talks, workshops or other activities that you’d like to be part of (or help to organise).
  • Something that you find valuable about Notwestminster events, which you’d like to see happening online.
  • Updates about things that Notwestminster has helped you to do.
  • Things that you’re currently working on, which you’d like to connect with others in our network about.

New to Notwestminster? We’ll share a quick introduction to what we do. 

We’ll also share an update about other work that’s happening in the UK to connect people who are working to strengthen our democracy. 

Please register if you’d like to take part, and we’ll send you a Zoom link nearer the time. 

If you have any questions, or if you can’t make it on the day but have ideas to share, please get in touch.

Register now to take part

Email: Notwestminster@gmail.com

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Got something to say about local democracy?

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Dave Mckenna, talking about Columbo as an excellent public servant
Dave Mckenna, photo by Anthony McKeown

PechaKucha speakers wanted

On Friday 14th February 2020 we’re hosting our latest PechaKucha Night in Huddersfield. We are looking for people who would like to be speakers on the evening.

A PechaKucha Night is a fast-paced evening full of exciting speakers and topics. As usual, ours will have a distinctly democratic flavour. It’s a fringe event of Notwestminster 2020, a two day event bringing together people who have something positive to say about local democracy and who are up for the challenge of making it work better.  

Rose Condo
Rose Condo, photo by Anthony McKeown

If you care about the place where you live, or if you want to work with others for civic good, we know that our participants will be keen to hear what you have to say. So if you’ve a story to tell, or if you’ve got an idea to share, we’d love to hear from you. We can offer support and advice if you haven’t been a speaker before. 

Each speaker will talk for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. The slides advance automatically, so everyone gets exactly the same amount of time to speak – and you should be prepared to keep going!

At Notwestminster we believe that together we can create a stronger local democracy. We’re always keen to hear from anyone who has ideas, experiences and enthusiasm to share. 

Some of our previous talks have included: Local democracy in North Korea (with summer holiday slides), The greatest movie ever made about democracy,”Council mottos: the good, the bad and the utterly meaningless” how Sheffield’s tech community responded to the refugee crisis, regional democracy compared to the Galactic Empire, and “The total and utter history of local government” (which turned out to be quite ambitious in less than 7 minutes). 

You can have a look at our Twitter moment from our 2019 PechaKucha to get an idea of what the event is like.

We welcome talks on any aspect of local democracy, community life and other stuff you’re interested in.


Want to be a speaker?

Contact us if you’d like to be a speaker 


Notwestminster PechaKucha Night 2016Want to listen to the talks?

The event will be in Cafe Ollo at the Media Centre on Northumberland Street, from 7pm on Friday 14th February. Please come along to learn something new and be entertained. It’s a fun way to find out what inspires some of our local democracy advocates and to hear about people’s passions and interests. There are always a few surprises.

PechaKucha Night – register now

The Notwestminster PechaKucha Night is organised by the Media Centre in Huddersfield and the Notwestminster network.


 

Want to speak up for local democracy?

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12 random citizens
Dave Mckenna, photo by Anthony McKeown

PechaKucha speakers wanted

On Friday 15th February 2019 we’re hosting our latest PechaKucha Night in Huddersfield. We are looking for people who would like to be speakers on the evening.

A PechaKucha Night is a fast-paced evening full of exciting speakers and topics. As usual, ours will have a distinctly democratic flavour. It’s a fringe event of Notwestminster 2019, a two day event bringing together people who have something positive to say about local democracy and who are up for the challenge of making it work better.  

Rose Condo
Rose Condo, photo by Anthony McKeown

If you care about the place where you live, or if you want to work with others for civic good, we know that our participants will be keen to hear what you have to say. So if you’ve a story to tell, or if you’ve got an idea to share, we’d love to hear from you. We can offer support and advice if you haven’t been a speaker before.

Each speaker will talk for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. The slides advance automatically, so everyone gets exactly the same amount of time to speak – and you should be prepared to keep going!

At Notwestminster we believe that together we can create a stronger local democracy. We’re always keen to hear from anyone who has ideas, experiences and enthusiasm to share. 

Some of our previous talks have included: The greatest movie ever made about democracy, a conversation between dad and daughter about democracy, “Council mottos: the good, the bad and the utterly meaningless” how Sheffield’s tech community responded to the refugee crisis, regional democracy compared to the Galactic Empire, and “The total and utter history of local government” (which turned out to be quite ambitious in less than 7 minutes). 

Listen to some of last year’s talks

We welcome talks on any aspect of local democracy, community life and other stuff you’re interested in.


Want to be a speaker?

Contact us if you’d like to be a speaker 


Notwestminster PechaKucha Night 2016Want to listen to the talks?

The event will be in Cafe Ollo at the Media Centre on Northumberland Street, from 7pm on Friday 15th February. Please come along to learn something new and be entertained. It’s a fun way to find out what inspires some of our local democracy advocates and to hear about people’s passions and interests. There are always a few surprises.

PechaKucha Night – register now

The Notwestminster PechaKucha Night is organised by the Media Centre in Huddersfield and the Notwestminster network.


 

Got something to say about local democracy?

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PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha speakers wanted

We’re hosting a special PechaKucha Night in Huddersfield on Friday 16th February 2018 – and we’re looking for some speakers.

A PechaKucha Night is a fast-paced evening full of exciting speakers and topics. As usual, ours will have a distinctly democratic flavour. It’s a fringe event of Notwestminster 2018, a two day event bringing together people who have something positive to say about local democracy and who are up for the challenge of making it work better.  

Ben Proctor, photo by Anthony MckeownSo if you’ve got something to say about local democracy, if you’ve a story to tell, or if you’ve got an idea to share, you might like to be one of our speakers on the night.

Each speaker will talk for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. The slides advance automatically, so everyone gets exactly the same amount of time to speak – and you should be prepared to keep going!

Some of our previous talks have included: a conversation between dad and daughter about democracy, votes for women, the ‘joy’ of being a councillor, how Sheffield’s tech community responded to the refugee crisis, regional democracy compared to the Galactic Empire, and “The total and utter history of local government” (which turned out to be quite ambitious in less than 7 minutes). 

We welcome talks on any aspect of local democracy, community life and other stuff you’re interested in.


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Want to be a speaker?

Please contact us now if you’re interested in taking part. We’d love to hear your ideas. 

 

Contact us if you’d like to be a speaker 


Notwestminster PechaKucha Night 2016Want to listen to the talks?

The event will be in Cafe Ollo at the Media Centre on Northumberland Street, from 7pm on Friday 16th February. Please come along to learn something new and be entertained. It’s a fun way to find out what inspires some of our local democracy advocates and to hear about people’s passions and interests. There are always a few surprises.

PechaKucha Night – register now

 

The Notwestminster PechaKucha Night is organised by the Media Centre in Huddersfield and the Notwestminster network.


 

What is democracy for?

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what is democracy for?You can try out mobile messaging before, during and after this year’s Notwestminster.

Have a think about this question:

“What is democracy for?”

 

Send a text starting with NOTWM
then your thoughts
to 07786 205 227

(it only costs the same as texting your friend’s phone)

You’ll get a reply with a link to read other people’s answers.
It’s public but anonymous, so you can be as honest as you like.

 


Help us to share our text experiment

Please print out a few copies of these instructions and leave them in a cafe, a pub or anywhere else where you live.

Print these instructions on A5 paper (PDF)

Print these instructions on A4 paper, two copies per sheet (PDF)

 


Where did the question come from?

Our question was asked by Anthony Zacharzewski,
as part of the evidence he gave to the
Kirklees Democracy Commission.


Why use mobile messaging?

Participation using mobile messaging has a different feel to participation using social media. On social media we are performing and managing our identities for an audience, often a complicated mix of work, interest-group and personal contacts.

Mobile messaging is often for an audience of one, and we only communicate with a small group of contacts by messaging. This means that when mobile messaging is used as a way for people to take part in civic conversations, it feels anonymous.

This can be very helpful for encouraging heartfelt contributions and for welcoming people who are less confident about speaking up in meetings.

Two councillors in Camden used text messages to try and involve more people in a participatory budgeting process as long ago as 2008.

This is one of the messages they received:

“We are 6 mums and we’d like to plead with you about giving the Winch Project funds so it could carry on the wonderful activities for the children. Please as it is the only chance for all low income families. Please.”

One of the councillors involved said afterwards:

“Using texting definitely led to a net increase in participation in the democratic process. It probably almost doubled the participation in the local area forum vote.”

Thumbprint Camden

 

Thumbprint - share local knowledge by text message

Speak up for local democracy – in less than seven minutes

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PechaKucha Night

PechaKucha speakers wanted

We’re hosting a special PechaKucha Night in Huddersfield on Friday 10th February 2017 – and we’re looking for some speakers.

A PechaKucha Night is a fast-paced evening full of exciting speakers and topics. Ours will have a distinctly democratic flavour, as it’s a fringe event of Notwestminster 2017, a two day event bringing together people who have something positive to say about local democracy and who are up for the challenge of making it work better.  

Notwestminster PechaKucha Night 2016So if you’ve got something to say about local democracy, if you’ve a story to tell, or if you’ve got an idea to share, you might like to be one of our speakers on the night.

Each speaker will talk for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. The slides advance automatically, so everyone gets exactly the same amount of time to speak – and you should be prepared to keep going!

The event will be in Cafe Ollo at the Media Centre on Northumberland Street in Huddersfield, from 7pm.

Our previous PechaKucha talks have included everything from whether public servants are human beings and why technology can’t save democracy, to the ‘joy’ of being a councillor and how regional democracy in England measures up to the Galactic Empire. As you can see, it’s a mixed bag, and sometimes challenging.

We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Councillor Andrew Cooper's PechaKucha talk

Want to be a speaker?

Please contact us if you’re interested in taking part. Get in touch by Friday 20th January if you can.

Want to listen to the talks?

Please come along to learn something new and be entertained. It’s a fun way to find out what inspires some of our local democracy advocates and to hear about people’s passions and interests. There are always a few surprises.

PechaKucha Night – register now

 

The Notwestminster PechaKucha Night is organised by the Media Centre in Huddersfield and the Notwestminster local democracy network.