A Notwestminster 2019 workshop from Perry Walker
We live in a world where trust and confidence in politicians and our institutions of democracy are in crisis, and where the forces of division appear stronger than the channels of connection. Yet, we have to find a way of living together, whatever our views. We recognise that we may have to agree to disagree, but our conversations should help us to find common ground. This workshop is a practical application of those beliefs.
Communities lack practical ways to explore and resolve differences. So in this workshop we’ll be looking at some methods that can be taken ‘off the shelf’ wherever there are differences, to help create dialogue across the divide and find solutions that work for everyone.
We’ll share a case study example (for example, a public meeting where emotions ran high) and then talk about different ways of running a meeting. Some of these are methods for helping participants to learn about what they have in common, whilst others relate to what might happen before or after a meeting to help create better dialogue. Together we will explore which of these elements are most useful in designing a better public meeting and helping us find common ground.
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About the workshop host
Perry is one of the founders of Talk Shop. They have just finished getting 600 people to discuss driverless cars, in 36 events across England, funded by Nesta. Talk Shop are now starting to get discussion events going on the funding of adult social care, supported by a Catalyst grant from the Royal Society of Arts. They are also very concerned to stimulate dialogue across divides, such as Brexit. See Helping people to find common ground for some of the ideas Talk Shop are pursuing on this. Perry is a member of Rhizome, a cooperative providing facilitation services, and a Fellow of Involve.
Our local democracy is a shared endeavour, often a shared frustration, but above all a shared hope. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can use our skills and experiences for a common purpose.
Together we have what we need to assemble a stronger local democracy. Are you up for the challenge? Please join us.