A Notwestminster 2018 workshop from Perry Walker
Every community needs a way in which to come together to discuss and ideally solve its problems. At present, there are slightly half-baked approaches in some parts of the country. In Perry’s part of the world these are called PACT, Police and Communities Together, and are run by the police. We can learn from the examples of what’s already happening, and do better. Wouldn’t it be ideal if there was a standard format that any community could use to solve a local problem?
Perry says: “Democracy is a muscle, and that muscle needs to be exercised. Without ways of coming together, communities have to rely on the representative process alone, which is unhealthy for both sides. The only formats for public talk that most people know about are the debate and the public meeting. I think it’s really important for us to increase that range.”
Please come along to discuss how we can help communities find a way to solve their problems.
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About the workshop host
Talk Shop & Open Up
Perry is one of the founders of Talk Shop. We ran events during the EU referendum period which were among the very few that allowed Leavers and Remainers to come together safely to understand and begin to appreciate each other’s positions. In 2017 we are concentrating on a small number of topics: immigration; Brexit; the progressive alliance; and a constitutional convention. Perry runs the Open Up politics website which helps people engage quickly with complex ethical and policy issues. He is also a Fellow of the New Economics Foundation (NEF), a London-based think tank, an associate of Rhizome, a cooperative providing facilitation services and a Fellow of Involve.
We are Generation D
Strengthening our local democracy is something that we can only do together. Democracy needs to work better for everyone, all the time, win or lose. 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.
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.