Our main news is about our fabulous new website (thanks to George Efstathiou), our Parliament Week forum, Global Democracy, a ‘Parliament for Health’ and SMK’s People Power conference and other events.
Our new website has a lot of incredible features to support people getting involved in practical politics and our members …
Use the Democracy Diary to look out for opportunities to influence decision-makers and events by members. You can also post your events and subscribe to get events posted into your calendar.
Use the Democracy Café to share links, images, videos, and other rich content from the web, discuss issues and campaigns you are involved in.
Campaign Clinic lets you post questions about things you want to address, so that we can learn from each other.
You can also join the community to connect with like-minded people, use forums and strengthen our commitment to strengthening democracy.
The website aims to promote all members and organisations working for democracy, practical politics and campaigning. To search websites of over 30 national organisations, simply use “search our members’ websites” on the top right of the home page. The website is a platform to support all our members and people taking action. Give it a spin and see where you can go.
WOMEN & DEMOCRACY:15-23 NOV 2013
It’s Our Parliament:
Working with Public Engagement, Learning and Parliamentary Outreach.
Over 50 people met in Portcullis House on 28th February to find out how Public Engagement, Learning (PEAL) can help people have a stronger voice. “Women and Democracy” is the theme for this year, but we discussed much more.
Volunteering with Democracy Matters:
Volunteer Meeting.22nd March, 11am – 1pm (London) If you would like to help develop Democracy Matters, we are holding a volunteer briefing on 22nd March from 11 – 1pm in London: To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
People Power Conference:
London: 24th April
People Power, the one-day annual campaigning conference to help charities, not-for-profit organisations and individuals campaign more effectively. It is organised by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) and The Good Agency. It will bring charity and NGO campaigners together with leading thinkers from government, media and the corporate sector to share experiences and discuss lessons from the past to shape the future of campaigning. High profile human rights lawyer and Founder and Director of Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith will open the event as Keynote speaker. He will share knowledge and experience from over 20 years’ campaigning. The day will close with a keynote speech from the inspirational Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall. SMK are offering a few free conference places to campaigners who cannot afford the conference fee, or to not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £100,000. For information about the full line up and tickets, please see here. Do we need a ‘Parliament for Health’ to cure the NHS?: My blog on the need for a new form of democratic accountability in health, in response to the Francis Report on the Mid-Staffordshire Hospital Scandal has also been published by ResPublica, Open Democracy and Compass for discussion across the political spectrum.
Charter for Global Democracy:
Democracy matters at all levels, from local to global. I am working with the One World Trust to call on world leaders to strengthen accountability and equality in international decision-making. Charter 2020 builds on the Charter 99 for Global Democracy and is addressed to the UN High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda co-chaired by David Cameron. To read and sign go to new Charter 2020.