London Working Group Notes: Why power needs to be brought closer to the people

  • Alexandra Runswick of Unlock Democracy introduced the Workshop

    Alexandra Runswick of Unlock Democracy introduced the Workshop –  see YouTube video below

    21st century Magna-Carta – Unlock Democracy project

  • Information: mySociety + Democracy Club: education and schools – active citizen
  • Do we care? – outsource responsibility, re-call, must have real choice
  • Ecology and sustainability
  • Direct action – e.g. housing developers
  • Systems – randomise it, professionalisation – men in suits
  • Voting system – registration 2011 referendum 😦
  • Money, finances and economics – debt, debt, debt – CRASSSSH! Money is power – fiat versus other money. Positive money UK, BitCoin, Corporatocracy
  • Promises and accountability
  • National – Local – participatory budgeting, sustainable communities act e.g. Hackney betting shops – crumbs!
  • Party system and alternatives. “The enemy of democracy” – Mary Parker Follett. Fringes + enliven. Party membership declining over time.

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