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Democratic Innovations N–Z

PRESENTED ON FEB 16, 2018
IN HUDDERSFIELD @ VOL 21

Perry Walker from TalkShop follows up his Notwestminster 2017 talk with part two of his A - Z of democractice innvovations.

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Democracy of Bees

BY RICK LINDEMAN
@ VOL 16 ON JUL 06, 2016

Rick Lindeman is an entrepreneur, he works at Rijkswaterstaat and he is a beekeeper.  The first two jobs are about decision-making of people and to improve those decisions. Being a beekeeper he experiences how bees choose. Rick will guide us through the world of bees and will show us what people could learn from bees making decisions, it turns out to be a lot! Did you know that bees go through a democratic process to determine their next place to stay? 

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Rebuilding Local Trust in Government

BY ROHIT MALHOTRA
IN ATLANTA

Community is so much bigger than one's individual self and this is something that seems to have been forgotten here in the US of A. Rohit Malhotra's grandfather was a hero of his, a teacher in a remote village in India, who instilled this ideal of what community is, in him as a small child. The polar opposites of 'community' and of 'government' (at least after this election) are what Rohit grew up loving. Listen as he speaks about the importance of local government and trust has in our communities. 

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Inconvenient freedom: universities in democratic reversals

BY LUTZ KREBS
@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Lutz Krebs is a strong advocate of academic freedom. As an academic researcher and education professional, he believes that freedom of research and education are essential for the future of any country. He is concerned that recent reversals of academic freedom in a number of European countries mirror events in the past — and suggests that they serve as warnings for the future.

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On Officially Getting Things Named on the Map; or, How a Seemingly Interesting Class Project Went Totally Awry and Nearly Drove the Professor and Government Employees Insane

BY KEITH YEARMAN
@ VOL 8 ON AUG 17, 2017

Keith Yearman, a geography professor, decided to get his classes involved in a project related to toponyms; that is, geographic place names. Using guidelines established by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, a little-known function of the federal government, his students worked to name DuPage County features that lacked official names. He admittedly did not think this project through as thoroughly as needed, which resulted in this of a project gone awry—a project that caused a tremendous amount of work and stress for federal employees and local politicians.

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local particpation and democracy

BY MARTIN VAN DE WARDT-OLDE RIEKERINK
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 01, 2017

Terwijl de kabinetsformatie nog in volle gang is heeft Leiden het allemaal over een andere boeg gegooid. Democratie kun je gewoon zelf! Martin van de Wardt-Olde Riekerink vertelt waar de L750 (de leidsche burgertop) zich hard voor maakt. 

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Council mottos: the good, the mad and the utterly meaningless

BY MATT CLACK
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Matt Clack takes us on a tour of UK local councils and their attempts to sum up their identity in a motto.

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Local Government can be Open and Sustainable Government

BY ANDREAS PAVLOU
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Andreas Pavlou from Involve looks at how the local government could become more open to the public. 

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Wisdom Councils In Vorarlberg

BY ANDY PAICE
@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Andy Paice presents on Citizens Wisdom Councils, an interesting innovation in local democracy that has been used for several years in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

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DIY Democracy

BY CIARAN NORRIS
@ VOL 35 ON JUN 07, 2018

In 'DIY Democracy' Ciaran Norris will talk about his experiences of being an independant politician. Ciarán tends to annoy people in his pursuit for better democracy, diplomacy and international development. He’s campaigned to make parliament more accessible and helped lead the successful campaign to protect the UK’s aid budget. He is currently Head of External Affairs at Oxfam.