Notwestminster 2018

Notwestminster 2018

Notwestminster 2018

We are Generation D”
Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February 2018
The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

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

Maker DayWhat’s happening on Friday…

Friday 16th February 2018 is our Democracy Maker Day. We’re working on local decision-making, and voting and elections. Then we have a special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night, followed by curry.
10am to 4pm Democracy Maker Day
7pm to 9.45pm PechaKucha Night
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Notwestminster 2018What’s happening on Saturday…

Saturday 17th February 2018 is Notwestminster – our main annual event for anyone who has something positive to say about local democracy.
Livestream – 10am to 10.30am
Livestream – 2pm to 2.30pm
Workshop session grid and live notes
Lightning talks
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About Notwestminster 2018

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If we want a stronger local democracy, we all need to be part of the generation that makes it happen. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can do something practical to improve our local democracy, here and now.

If you’re up for the challenge, please join us for two days of workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities, conversations and inspiration in Huddersfield. Notwestminster is a free event and everyone is welcome to take part. All we ask is that you are interested in making our local democracy better, and willing to do something to make it happen.

Generation D

Democracy is about much more than voting, but we seem increasingly unhappy with the process of how we’re governed and how much (or how little) we feel we have a stake in the decisions that affect us.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave 8.5 million women (and all men aged over 21) the opportunity to vote. It is a sorry legacy that in England today only a third of us vote in local elections.

We’re told that there may never be another generation that has the “habit of voting”. From Catalonia, we hear cries of “No revolution without the grandparents”. At home, we hear mixed views from our young citizens about whether there should be votes at 16.

Yet there are things which unite us. We know that people of all ages want (and need) civic and political education. Our distance from democracy is also our distance from each other. That’s why strengthening our local democracy is an issue for everyone – and it’s something that we can only do together. Democracy needs to work better for everyone, all the time, win or lose.

The future of local democracy starts with us. So let’s talk about our democratic generation. Let’s talk about our regeneration. But let’s not stop at the talking.

We think that the stronger local democracy we all want and deserve could be just around the corner. And we don’t need a tardis to get there. We just need each other.

D is for… dialogue
D is for… doing
D is for… digital
D is for… decisions
D is for… data
D is for… different
D is for… democracy

Will you be part of Generation D?


Tickets are free. Places are limited, so we’re releasing our tickets for Notwestminster in three stages to give you every chance to book. Please set yourself a reminder 🙂

  • Early bird ticket release – Tuesday 24th October at 12.30pm
  • Main ticket release – Thursday 16th November at 7.30pm
  • Last chance ticket release – Monday 15th January at 9.30am

Please note that you need to book a ticket for each day. Tickets for the PechaKucha Night are also free and will be released nearer the time. We’ll contact everyone who books a ticket for Notwestminster to see if you’d like to come for the Friday night curry.

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Notwestminster happens in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, home to rebel girls, radical heritage and the new Doctor Who. It’s organised by a small and sometimes merry band of volunteers who do democracy by day, and democracy by night (and who are largely fuelled by hope, proper music and toasted teacakes).

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