Notwestminster - Two Days of Rock n Roll Local Democracy

Want to help redesign local democracy? This free annual event, organised by Local Democracy Bytes and the Notwestminster network, is for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy - and for anyone who is up for a challenge.

We’re bringing people together to create and share new ideas for doing local democracy. Participants include local government officers, councillors, digital makers, academics, young people and community organisations. If you’re interested in democracy, citizen engagement, open data or civic tech, Notwestminster is for you.

Main event - Saturday 13th February
Our main event includes participant-led workshops, lightning talks, creative activities and lots of opportunities for making contact with others who are interested in local democracy and digital.   Our workshops and lightning talks will cover a variety of thought provoking topics including:

  • Opening up democracy data
    Lucy Knight, Open Data Lead for Devon County Council & LocalGov Digital

  • Redesigning the council meeting
    Dave Mckenna, Overview & Scrutiny Manager, City & County of Swansea

  • Consensus Voting in Decision-making
    Peter Emerson, the de Borda Institute

  • Mapping the issues, mapping the meetings
    Perry Walker & Bob Bollen

  • How can we make local democracy feel more relevant?
    Ed Hammond, Centre for Public Scrutiny

  • Evidence gathering for the Councillor Commission and In Defence of Councillors
    Colin Copus, Professor of Local Politics, De Montfort University

  • Getting Real about Representation
    Steven Griggs, De Montfort University & Neil Barnett, Leeds Beckett University

  • Open elections
    Sym Roe & Joe Mitchell, Democracy Club

More details can be found here

Fringe events – Friday 12th February
Fringe events include our Maker Day, a practical day to help build a better local democracy. We’ll talk about the issues and quickly prototype something based on our shared ideas. We also have a PechaKucha Night, featuring a series of fun, quick-fire presentations from members of the Notwestminster network and our friends.

Tickets, more info and getting involved
To find out more and book your free tickets please visit: Notwestminster 2016  If you want to get involved in our work follow us on Twitter - @LDBytes.  If you are interested in supporting or sponsoring our event please email us at 

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