Preference voting – a way to reveal the will of the people

A Notwestminster 2020 workshop hosted by Perry Walker

Notwestminster 2019

This workshop will introduce preference voting and then give people an experience of how it works.

Preference voting is easily explained. People put a series of possible solutions to some issue in order of preference. Preferences are turned into points. The higher the number of points earned by the top option, the greater the degree of consensus. 

We will try out this method so you can see how it works, using a real example of where a council gained citizen input on a current issue. This form of gathering opinions, which reflects people’s preferences on all the options, contrasts with majority voting where people can choose only one option. It means that people are not polarised. 

This method also encourages a search for common ground. Every participant wants their preferred option to do as well as possible. This gives people an incentive to engage with every other participant.


About the workshop host

Perry Walker
Talk Shop 

Perry is one of the founders of Talk Shop. They recently helped 600 people to discuss driverless cars, in 36 events across England, funded by Nesta. Talk Shop have also been getting discussion events going on the funding of adult social care, supported by a Catalyst grant from the Royal Society of Arts. They are very concerned to stimulate dialogue across divides, such as Brexit. See Helping people to find common ground for some of the ideas Talk Shop pursued on this. Perry is a member of Rhizome, a cooperative providing facilitation services, and a Fellow of Involve.

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Our kind of democracy is human-scale. When we talk about local democracy, we mean the democracy that happens where we are, in our neighbourhoods and the places that we know. It is the democracy that we live and breathe, each and every day. It only lives when we have our hearts in it, and it only grows when we are open to thinking and doing in different ways.

So if you’re open to our local democracy being what we want it to be, and if you’re up for the challenge of doing something to help make it happen, please join us at Notwestminster.

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