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  • If 400,000 groups, causes and charities could consciously generate social capital, says Mike Riddell, a "caravan of love" would start, The Daily Alternative (Jul 23, 2022)
  • Recognising communities and citizens as generative participants in a pluralistic and shared future, and as the people best placed to organise and produce solutions to the problems that affect them, Neighbourhood Democracy Movement (Jul 18, 2022) — Responding to the New Local NHS Paradigms Report
  • Communities need a say in reviving 800 dead spaces across London, Siân Berry, london.gov.uk (Jun 06, 2022)
  • A New Media Sensibility, Alternative Editorial (May 29, 2022)
  • Massive majorities in the UK value their community members most to sort out problems (and MPs least). Power to the lowest level is the cry, The Daily Alternative (May 16, 2022)
  • Local citizens’ assemblies in the UK: a second report card, constitution-unit.com (Mar 25, 2022)
  • Democracy Made in England: Where Next for English Local Government?, electoral-reform.org.uk (Mar 09, 2022) — "It is not for the centre at Westminster to decide how local communities should see themselves and how they should be governed, but to set out how those communities can choose their own governance, how citizens can themselves reinvigorate local democracy." Dr Jess Garland, ERS Director of Research and Policy

2021[edit | edit source]

The UKGov says they’re looking for bottom-up solutions. A new campaign for community power, led by activists, tells them “We’re Right Here”, Dec 2 [1]


"I wanted ordinary citizens to feel like they owned the chamber". A mindful review of ex-Mayor of Sheffield Magic Magid's The Art of Disruption, Mar 26 [2]

"The Understanding Society Survey in 2015 showed that only 3% of people in the UK are involved in neighbourhood projects, while nearly 60% agreed, or strongly agreed, that they wanted to work together to improve their neighbourhood." Designing participation systems around people, not institutions, Tessy Britton, Feb 24, 2021. [3]

The Scottish Citizens Assembly has concluded - and one of its big proposals is a "House of Citizens", as a second chamber for Holyrood, Feb 8 [4]

The newly launched UK Democracy Handbook will be a collectively created online space to inform and connect people working for a better democracy in the UK. Jan 26 [5]

2020[edit | edit source]

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Councillors revolt over government plans to dismantle planning system, CPRE Kent, Dec 10 [6] ...Housing UK news, Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Right to scrap First Past the Post won for Welsh councils. [7] Nov 18

Deep Revolution. The Alternative UK. [8] Nov 23

Local people have had to improvise during the pandemic. Could their solutions stick? John Harris [9] Nov 22

Report for government calls for a new era of ‘community power’, Sep 24 [10] Proposals include a ‘Community Power Act’ to give local people power over the design and delivery of public services.

If democracy looks doomed, Extinction Rebellion may have an answer, John Harris. [11] Aug 30

How do you "engage" with British attitudes, respecting their endless variety and nuance? Pol.is (and its AI) can help [12] Jul 20


What would a “new land contract” for the UK—written from scratch with fairness in mind—actually look like? Can we do some of it straightaway? [13]We also need to invite everyone — and I mean everyone — to see what another land economy could look like. Imagine a Britain in ten years time where everyone has a basic level of security, and a stake in society. Perhaps you’d live on…”  Jun 25 ...Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England

Kieran Breen FRSA on how we to achieve a more deliberative and participatory democracy. Jun 3 [14]

Tomorrow Today Streets, Creating essential micro-infrastructure for post Covid 19 neighbourhoods, TessyBritton. [15] May 30 ...Barking and Dagenham

Universal Basic Everything by @TessyBritton [16] May 30 ...Towards sustainable economies UK

Parish councils: an unlikely urban safety net. [17] Apr 13 ...Westminster

In the UK, trust in government fell 11 percentage points in the year to Autumn 2019, Office for National Statistics. [18] Feb 20

Could a “National Citizens Assembly” replace the House of Lords? From local government and Scotland, a provocation and a proposal. [19] Jan 21

2019[edit | edit source]

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When a neighbourhood assembly becomes a community, by @kahui. [20] Dec 16 ...Camden

Pop Up Tomorrow’ and a journey to 2030. A report. [21] Nov 8 ...Visions UK

Technology will not save us from climate change – but imagining new forms of society will. [22] Oct 28 ...Climate change solutions, Visions

To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II. [23] Oct 21 ...UK Climate news

Becoming Unstuck With Relational Activism. [24] Oct 10

A/UK has been working with Extinction Rebellion to develop a Future Democracy Hub, now launching. [25] Sep 7

What would a new charter for radical democratic reform look like today? by @adamjlent. [26] Sep 1

First climate assembly in UK draws up wishlist for council action. [27] Jul 20 ...List of climate assemblies

Alternative.Camden will give people a chance to co-create the future. [28] Jul 3

How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution. [29] Jun 12

Flatpack-Democracy-inspired groups make advances in UK local elections. [30] May 3

Citizens Lab 1.0 by Alternative Camden. [31] Apr 23

Our public services need communitisation – not privatisation or nationalisation. [32] Mar 27

Could this community project be the start of a national transformation? George Monbiot. [33]

On the launch of Alt.Cmd [Alternative.Camden] by @joostbeunderman. [34] Jan 22

2018[edit | edit source]

Community-led commissioning - a new model, Nov 22 [35]

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Oldham's Community Transformation, Nov 14 [36] ...Manchester

From Scotland, a proposal for a new level of self-defining community power: Development Councils, Nov 3 [37]

Poeticians, micro-utopias and citizens assemblies will renew democracy, Aug 26 [38]

This disastrous new project will change the face of Britain, yet no debate is allowed, George Monbiot, Aug 22 [39] ...Oxfordshire

Bringing Open Government to Local Governments, Jan 29 [40]

2017[edit | edit source]

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Viewpoint: Imagine a future that works – for Every One, by Every One, Nov 30 [41] ...Barking and Dagenham

The Festival of Everyone announces full programme of events across the borough this Saturday, Nov 24 [42] ...Barking and Dagenham

Communities to be given 'direct voice' in local authorities' spending decisions, Oct 29 [43] ...Scotland news

Why We're Bringing A Hackathon To Barking and Dagenham, Sep 29 [44]

Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics, Jun 6 [45]

Co-operative places: the five foundations of local change, May 19 [46]

What if you had real power to shape where you live in a practical way? May 8 [47]

Involve’s new strategy – how we intend to build a democracy that works for everyone, May 2 [48]

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From the pub to the Town Council: on how citizens took control of local politics, Peter MacFadyen, Apr 6 [49] ...Somerset

Expansion of Community Organisers Programme, Mar 2 [50]

Three Rules For Helping Rebuild Communities, Feb 17 [51]

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