Referendums: a tool for democratic engagement or division? Lessons from the EU referendums in 1975 and 2016
In the lead up to the referendum Unlock Democracy ran a campaign to help people get behind the soundbites and understand the issues. We ran two workshops to help people decide how to vote, focusing on facilitating deliberative discussion and debate. We did not take a position on the outcome of the referendum.
In our final event Unlock Democracy will explore how, if used correctly, referendums can be powerful tools for democratic engagement.
Greater Manchester Unlock Democracy with Assemblies for Democracy, 38 Degrees Manchester, Greater Manchester People’s Plan on:
GREATER MANCHESTER –DEMOCRACY and the PEOPLE’S PLAN
The devolution deal for Greater Manchester as a Combined Authority raises all sorts of issues and questions such as:
- Relevance to democracy of an elected regional mayor
- People’s participation and representation in the GMCA
- Problems of Whitehall imposed systems for regional democracy
- Reliable independent high quality information for people
- Preparing under 16s for democratic participation and rights of representation
- Applying direct democracy in the region
This event invites you to join in conversations on these themes and also find out how you can feed in your ideas to the Greater Manchester People’s Plan so that anyone seeking representative office knows what people want.
Throughout 2015 to mark the 800 year anniversary of the Magna Carta, we went round the UK on our Unlock Magna Carta road trip. Over 900 people from every corner of the UK came together to write the People's Charter 2015. But it doesn't end with the sealing of a charter - we are launching our supporter-led campaign We The People UK.
Come and hear inspiring speakers and join the debate on how we can get a change to proportional representation for electing our parliament.
A critique of current UK Government devolution policy for Northern England Presented by Dr. Arianna Giovannini Researcher SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute) University of Sheffield.
Join us for our first meeting of 2016 and help us campaign for a democracy that works for everyone. Whether you are a seasoned campaigner or just started getting interested in democratic reform - everyone is welcome!
Unlock Democracy and History & Policy are jointly hosting an event on the role of women MPs in Parliament, taking place on 14th December 2015. It is the first in a series that will bring together practitioners and historians to discuss democratic reform issues.
Unlock Democracy Birmingham is joining up with the Politics of Networks initiative to bring about a special event.
The evening will provide plenty of opportunity for interaction, discussion and planning ways forward.
One of the ways you can help decide Unlock Democracy’s agenda is by submitting a policy motion or an amendment to the constitution to be voted on at the AGM. If there’s an issue you’re passionate about or a reform you think we should be pushing for, this is how you can get us to sit up and take notice.
For the final event in our Unlock Magna Carta tour, we'll be in Frome on Sunday 13th September, for a packed day of practical action and democratic debate....