Democracy Maker Day
Friday 15th February 2019
The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL
A Notwestminster 2019 fringe event.
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.
We’ll be exploring what role deliberative democracy could play in solving challenging local issues and giving local citizens a say over the decisions that affect them.
Deliberative democracy focuses on giving people the information, time and support to carefully consider an issue, weighing up the different perspectives and options, before deciding what to do. One of the ways its most often practised is through “mini-publics” (such as citizens’ assemblies and citizens’ juries), which bringing together groups of randomly selected, but demographically representative, citizens to learn about an issue and to deliberate, before reaching a decision.
Deliberative democracy is being used around the world to reconnect people with decision-making and to tackle difficult issues. Some important issues that have already been considered in this way include abortion in Ireland, nuclear energy in South Korea, and adult social care in England. But why doesn’t more of this kind of decision-making happen in local government in the UK? And how could it?
Our main challenge for this Democracy Maker Day will be:
How could deliberative democracy be introduced to councils, to involve citizens in tackling local issues?
If you know anything about local government or deliberative democracy, if you’d like to learn about how it works, or if you’d like to explore new ways of involving citizens in decision-making, this event is for you!
Please come along to get more involved in the practical work of strengthening our local democracy.