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Local Democracy for Everyone: We’re Not in Westminster Anymore

LDBytesWould you like to change one small thing (or change the whole system) to make democracy work better for all of us?

Where and when?

Join us on Saturday 7 February 2015 from 10am to 4pm, at The Media Centre in Huddesfield for the Local Democracy for Everyone event. Places are free and you can register here.

Who should come?

This event is for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and for anyone who is up for a challenge. Not enough of us are interested in local decision making – we are leaving decisions up to others and fewer people are voting.

We seem increasingly unhappy with the process of how we’re governed, the options available to us and the results.

Meanwhile, the relationships between public services, councillors and local communities are changing. Budget cuts mean that local councils have some tough decisions to make. We’re all looking for new ways of doing things, to make sure we keep the services and activities that matter to our communities. It’s important that everyone has a voice in these decisions.

If we want people to be involved with local policy and decision making, we need something that people can engage with (rock and roll for the masses, rather than jazz for the few).

It’s a big challenge. But the good news is we can start with our greatest assets – each other.

Come and share examples and ideas, help develop prototypes and connect with others who can help you make local democracy work for you. All questions welcome, big or small.

Suggest a workshop

The event will include open discussion sessions, advice about making the most of technology and creative activities with a distinctly democratic flavour.

At a moment when everything is up for question, it’s time to think about the part we’re each willing to play in local decision making.

Our challenge is: How do we redesign democracy to make it work for everyone?

Come and help us to discover some solutions, big and small.

We’re now accepting workshop proposals so if you’ve got something to say pitch your idea. Or talk to us on Twitter using the hashtags #notwestminster or #LDFE15. 


This event is being run by LDBytes for LocalGov Digital and is hosted by The Media Centre. 

If you’re arriving on Friday you may like to join us for our PechaKucha night