These lively discussions, collaborations and practical activities, all led by our participants, are at the heart of our Notwestminster 2022 main event on Saturday 26th February 2022 in Huddersfield. Thank you to everyone who pitched ideas for workshops.
Our 2022 theme is The future is unwritten.
If you want to write a different future for our local democracy, Notwestminster is for you.
Our 2022 workshops are:
Session one – 10.30am to 11.30am:
- Pirates, Citizens and the future of local government
Jon Alexander, New Citizenship Project & Alex Barker, Be More Pirate
- What’s the point of a Citizens Assembly?
Calum Green, Involve
- Creating 100 ideas for the North
Patrick Hurley, Royal Society of Arts
- How can measuring political literacy help to improve local democracy?
Rebecca Deegan, I have a voice
Session two – 12 noon to 1pm:
- Fair and equal voting rights for young people across the UK
Dr Andy Mycock, University of Huddersfield
- Are virtual council meetings better than the in-person version?
Dave Mckenna, Inlogov & Constructive Conversations
- Shaped by People: We make our places what they are
Andy Galloway, New Citizenship Project & Diane Sims, Kirklees Council
- Be careful what you wish for
Catherine Howe, Chief Executive of Adur and Worthing Councils
Session three – 2.40pm to 3.40pm:
- Zines for Democracy!
Noreen Blanluet, Co-production Network for Wales
- Rethinking climate action with young people
Kirklees Youth Council and Huddersfield Students’ Union
- Dramatic Communication Strategies
James Yarker, Stan’s Cafe
- People, Places, Lives. How can democracy go beyond Gov?
Mel Stevens, Democratic Society
You’ll be able to take part in three different workshop sessions during the day.
Turning ideas into action
As usual, we’re setting all our workshop hosts a challenge. The participants in each workshop will be encouraged to come up with a new idea for something practical we can do to strengthen local democracy.
At the end of the day we’ll bring everyone together for our Ideas Bazaar, where we’ll share our ideas and make pledges about what we will each do next. Everyone who is interested is welcome to get involved.