Lightning talks 2020

Notwestminster 2019We’re asking some of our Notwestminster 2020 participants to give a very short Lightning talk on the day. These quick-fire talks are aimed at getting us all thinking about the context for our work together. 

We will be filming all the talks, and you will either be able to watch via live webcast or see the presentations and watch the videos here later.

We also organise Notwestminster PechaKucha Nights of rapid talks. If you fancy being a speaker on the evening of Friday 14th February 2020, you can find out more here: Tips for PechaKucha speakers

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How should the public shape the work of parliaments? 

Kevin will discuss the findings of the Senedd’s first Citizens Assembly, which asked participants to consider how they felt the public should be able to influence the decisions made by their parliament.

Kevin DaviesKevin Davies
National Assembly for Wales

Kevin is the current Head of Public Engagement at the National Assembly for Wales. Kevin has worked for the Senedd for 10 years in a variety of roles aimed at engaging public, with a specific focus on involving the public in shaping decisions. His work has recently involved establishing Wales’ first Youth Parliament, the ‘GWLAD’ democracy festival, and the Senedd’s first citizens assembly.


We are Democracy Friendly

Vaneeza will share what Kirklees Youth Council have learned about how we can help our young citizens to be part of local democracy and civic life. She will also share exciting news about what’s happening in response to the Growing a stronger youth council report, including the development of a Democracy Friendly Schools programme in Kirklees.


VaneezaVaneeza Ahsan
Kirklees Youth Councillor & Young Commissioner

“The Kirklees Youth Council has served us well – from giving us bags of skills to the ability of having a ‘voice’. So I feel compelled to offer back some deeper commitment. It’s my upmost privilege to be a young commissioner. I’ve developed an understanding of young, capable, opinionated individuals. I want to represent other young people with their valued views and work towards an enhanced Kirklees Youth Council.”


The Kirklees way: work in progress

Jon Alexander

Jon Alexander
New Citizenship Project

Jon Alexander is Co-Founder of the New Citizenship Project, a consultancy founded as a way to bring the skills of the creative industries to bear on inspiring people to claim their agency in society as citizens, instead of just selling stuff to people as consumers. Part thinktank, part consultancy, and still in its early years, the New Citizenship Project has worked with organisations from The Guardian to Coop Group to the National Trust – and is increasingly working with local government.


How can we use the hype around citizens’ assemblies to test different deliberative processes?

How can we use the groundswell of interest in citizens’ assemblies to build and test deliberative processes that fit and best serve the communities they’re being convened in? Eva and Thomas will share learning from the Camden Neighbourhood Assembly on Health and Wellbeing.

Eva O'Brien

Eva O’Brien

Eva is a Delivery Manager with a decade of experience in delivery management, community engagement, public policy, and technology in Canada and the UK. She has worked with local, regional, and national governments to deliver user-focused products, experiences, and systems. Before joining FutureGov, Eva worked with a small team to design and deliver dozens of citizens’ assemblies and other public engagement experiences focused on healthcare, city councillor compensation, airport growth and smart cities across Canada.


Tom Wastling

Tom Wastling

Tom is a Service Designer at FutureGov, with experience working across inclusive economy and community-led change. He has led on a participatory design projects as well as supporting place-based approaches to health and wellbeing.

Tom has also previously published research on behaviour change and a circular economy.


Taking a systems view of democratic design


Catherine HoweCatherine Howe

Catherine is an expert in digital innovation, focusing on the area of digital democracy and social change. She has worked with new collaborative technologies and social networking tools for over 15 years. She is now Director of Design, Delivery and Change at Cancer Research UK where she is responsible for technology strategy and transformation. Her research interests cover digital civic space, citizenship and systems linking and she is both a Trustee of the Centre for Public Scrutiny and a Governor of the Democratic Society.


A Memory of a Kindness


Nick BoothNick Booth

Nick has been working as Podnosh with active citizens, community groups, charities large and small plus local government, central government, housing associations, the NHS and police forces since 2005. He helps people to use social and digital media to tell the story of active citizens, strengthen democracy and create civic good.  He started the social media surgery movement and developed the Impact Assessment App, a simple tool for capturing what difference public and third sector service make. Before Podnosh, Nick was a BBC political reporter and documentary maker.

Notwestminster 2020