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May 30 Barking and Dagenham: Tomorrow Today Streets, Creating essential micro-infrastructure for post Covid 19 neighbourhoods, TessyBritton [1]


Feb 20 In the UK, trust in government fell 11 percentage points in the year to Autumn 2019, Office for National Statistics [2]



Sep 7 XR and future democracy: A/UK has been working with Extinction Rebellion to develop a Future Democracy Hub, now launching [3]

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Jul 20 Camden: First climate assembly in UK draws up wishlist for council action [4]

Jul 3 Alternative.Camden will give people a chance to co-create the future [5]

May 3 Flatpack-Democracy-inspired groups make advances in UK local elections [6]

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Apr 23 Camden: Citizens Lab 1.0 by Alternative Camden [7]


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From Scotland, a proposal for a new level of self-defining community power: Development Councils, Nov 3 [8]


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Barking and Dagenham: The Festival of Everyone announces full programme of events across the borough this Saturday, Nov 24 [9]

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Scotland: Communities to be given 'direct voice' in local authorities' spending decisions, Oct 29 [10]

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Why We're Bringing A Hackathon To Barking and Dagenham, Sep 29 [11]

Democracy? There’s an app for that – the tech upstarts trying to ‘hack’ British politics, Jun 6 [12]

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Somerset: From the pub to the Town Council: on how citizens took control of local politics, Peter MacFadyen, Apr 6 [13]

Expansion of Community Organisers Programme, Mar 2 [14]


Community involvement is marginal in Britain, data shows, Jun 30 [15]


NHS Citizen: Looking back on the Citizens’ Assembly, December 9 [16] On Wednesday 25th November the first official NHS Citizens’ Assembly took place at the ExCel Centre in London. This national Assembly brought together over 250 citizens with the Board of NHS England and senior NHS staff to discuss and look for solutions to 5 issues affecting healthcare in England. These issues were:

  1. Preventing premature deaths
  2. Comprehensive psychosocial approaches to mental health
  3. Improving health outcomes for looked-after children and young people
  4. Support for people with dementia post-diagnosis
  5. Transparency in Clinical Commissioning Group decision making

Big Society has failed, three year Civil Exchange study concludes, January 20 [17]


Westminster World Heritage Site and Parliament Square a national disgrace, Hansard Society, October 25 [18] New vision putting citizen and visitor at its heart needed.

Eric Pickles: Citizen journalists and bloggers should be let in to public council meetings, 23 February [19]

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CASwiki news articles have a focus on news of community action for sustainability. This article is an offshoot from Community involvement UK and is for news and comment in that context.



Aug 30 If democracy looks doomed, Extinction Rebellion may have an answer, John Harris [20]

Jul 20 How do you "engage" with British attitudes, respecting their endless variety and nuance? (and its AI) can help [21]

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Jun 25 Towards a more democratic and climate friendly way of meeting housing need across England: 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? [22]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…” 

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May 30 Towards sustainable economies UK: Universal Basic Everything by @TessyBritton [23]

Jan 21 Could a “National Citizens Assembly” replace the House of Lords? From local government and Scotland, a provocation and a proposal [24]


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Dec 16 Camden: When a neighbourhood assembly becomes a community by @kahui [25]


Nov 8Pop Up Tomorrow’ and a journey to 2030. A report. [26]

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Oct 28 Climate change solutions: Technology will not save us from climate change – but imagining new forms of society will [27]


Oct 21 UK Climate news: To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II [28]

Oct 10 Becoming Unstuck With Relational Activism [29]

Sep 1 What would a new charter for radical democratic reform look like today? by @adamjlent [30]

Jun 12 How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution [31]

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

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Jan 24 Barking and Dagenham: Could this community project be the start of a national transformation? George Monbiot [33]

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


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

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

Poeticians, micro-utopias and citizens assemblies will renew democracy, Aug 26 [37]

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Oxfordshire: This disastrous new project will change the face of Britain, yet no debate is allowed, George Monbiot, Aug 22 [38]

Bringing Open Government to Local Governments, Jan 29 [39]


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Barking and Dagenham: Viewpoint: Imagine a future that works – for Every One, by Every One, Nov 30 [40]

Co-operative places: the five foundations of local change, May 19 [41]

What if you had real power to shape where you live in a practical way? May 8 [42]

Involve’s new strategy – how we intend to build a democracy that works for everyone, May 2 [43]

Three Rules For Helping Rebuild Communities, Feb 17 [44]


Engagement at the local level should be citizen-led rather than institution-led, October 28 [45]


Isabel Carlisle on making space for Nature: the Community Charter, September 17 [46]

Beyond Co-production - Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), May 23 [47]


Participatory Budgeting: tough questions and real answers, May 20 [48]


The left must abandon the idea of change from above, December 20 [49]

An imaginary open letter: To those who would ‘engage’ us…, August 9, By Mike [50]

Co-production: time to break out of the public service corral, Julian Dobson, January [51]


Councils and hyperlocal ‘bloggers’: It’s the council system which needs changing, not how people are allowed to cover them, David Higgerson, February 23 [52]

"If nothing else the transparency that the social web embodies and that government says it wants to deliver with #opendata means that we will no longer be able to hide our policy programmes in big black boxes that we only open up on launch day" Catherine Howe, January 23 [53]

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