Exploring Open Source Democracy

A Notwestminster 2017 workshop from James Smith

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I’m passionate about the future of democracy, and I think the open source world has a lot to teach us about effective collaboration online.

In this workshop we’ll learn about open source democracy, with the Open Politics project. We’ll also talk about how democracy and politics will change in the Internet age.

The Open Politics project is a policy creation platform that allows anyone to edit, improve and create policy proposals, with a democratic system around it to make sure everything fits together. We’ll explain how it works, and you’ll have a chance to create policies yourself, or even set up your own version of the system for your community.

We’ll start with a short introduction, then move on to sharing policy ideas. Participants will then turn these ideas into solid policy proposals and add them into the Open Politics system. Alternatively, you might like to explore how to create a brand new open source policy platform for your own projects.

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James SmithJames Smith
Open Data Institute

James is a technologist and software engineer, passionate about using web technology and open culture to make a better future for everyone, particularly environmentally and socially. In his day job, James leads the Labs programme at the Open Data Institute, working on open data technology and software tools. Since 2013 he’s been working on the OpenPolitics project, an experiment in writing an open source political manifesto. He stood in the 2015 UK general election on the open manifesto platform.


Kirklees Democracy Commission
Kirklees Democracy Commission

All our Notwestminster 2017 workshops are based on themes that have been inspired by discussions with citizens, as part of the Kirklees Democracy Commission.

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