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Our work is all about opening up debate, and we envisage a political culture where everyone has the skills, information, opportunities and right to contribute to decision-making processes. Over the years we have developed a number of tools for which allow people to participate in democratic discussion, helping groups learn about, discuss and decide on complex issues.
- Turnout in general elections dropped by more than a fifth from 1992 to 2005.
- Membership of the main political parties has fallen by more than three quarters since 1964.
- But 50% of all Britons volunteer regularly and the number is rising.
Publication // April 5, 2011
This report examines the distribution of electoral power amongst voters in the UK and the possible impact of a change in the electoral system. It compares the distribution under the current First Past the Post system (FPtP) with the Alternative Vote system (AV) which will be put before voters in the May 2011 referendum. Our aim is to help voters consider the impact of the choice on offer in the referendum.More
Publication // June 30, 2010
Crowd Wise is a participative method for taking shared decisions. It produces outcomes which the participants are more likely to support or be able to live with. Crowd Wise is a tested and flexible format which can be used for a wide range of issues and decisions. It can work as a single event, or over a period of time; it can work for 15 people or 1500; it can be used to set priorities, allocate budgets or respond to a consultation.More