The Practical Democracy Project #8 GLASGOW

Put Thursday 16th May in your diaries and come along for interesting talks, discussions and free lunch when the Practical Democracy Project comes to Glasgow!

The Practical Democracy Project #8 GLASGOW

About The Practical Democracy Project #8 GLASGOW

What is The Practical Democracy Project?

An event series that brings together people working in publicly accountable organisations, civic society and the third sector to hear from speakers who are making practical change today, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. The ultimate aim is to work with people across the spectrum to improve democracy and society.

Everyone is welcome. Our events are always free and informal. Take a look at the round-up from our previous event in Bristol and our most recent event in Leeds.

This time, we're in Glasgow! Tron Theatre - Thursday 16th May
We've booked the lovely Vic Bar event space, hot drinks, lunch and stellar conversation included.

The event will begin at 12 and we’ll wrap up the main talks by 1.30pm. For those who can stay, we'll run a panel discussion to give you a chance to ask further questions of any of the speakers and to open up the conversation to the room.

We're busy putting an excellent line-up of speakers together and are excited to announce that our first two talks will be given by:

* Niamh Webster from The Scottish Government's open government team. Niamh coordinates The Scottish Government's role in the international partnership of open governments and has just been to the #ObamaTownHall in Berlin with Barack Obama and the @ObamaFoundation representing the Scottish Government.

* Alistair Stoddart, from The Scottish Parliament. Ali has extensive experience in participative democracy, he previously worked with The Democratic Society and is now a Public Participation Specialist with the Committee Engagement Unit @ScotParl.

* Vilte Vaitkute and Louise Scott from Media co-op. Media co-op specialises in participatory media projects where service users take a genuinely active role in production. They’re a team of multi-award-winning professionals with a huge range of media skills, working exclusively with the public sector, charities and social enterprises, to harness effective communication for social good.

Event schedule:
12:00 Doors open

12:15 Introduction from Delib

12.30 Niamh Webster - Working on open government and participation at the Scottish Government.

12.45 Alistair Stoddart - Senior Public Participation Specialist, Committee Engagement Unit, The Scottish Parliament

13:00 Vilte Vaitkute and Louise Scott from media co-op

13.20 Short break for lunch

13.35 Panel discussion with all speakers

This event is part of the Practical Democracy Project, a series of events organised by Delib dedicated to looking at how we can make everyday improvements to the democratic process – with a particular focus on policy-making at local and central government levels.

Through this series, we are mapping out how to create the best democratic experience for citizens in a practical way. We also aim to establish the optimal user-journey for government officials, policy-makers and elected officials, recognising that democratic processes are always a two-way street, and must work for both citizens and government to be effective.

We've had a wide range of fantastic speakers including:

* Citizen’s Advice * Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights team * Albion * Edinburgh Napier University * Democratic Society * Carnegie Trust * Wittin * Good Things Foundation * The Politics Project * University of Liverpool * The Federation/ Tech for Good Live * Open Data Factory * UK Parliament * Marvin Rees (Mayor of Bristol) * Bristol City Council * Centre for Public Impact * Transform * European Movement Ireland * Northern Policy Forum * University of Leeds * Hamilton City Council (NZ) * Matt Jukes *

For more info or to suggest ideas for the day, drop us a line on Twitter: @delibthinks

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for The Practical Democracy Project #8 GLASGOW are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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