2 days of rock and roll local democracy – Notwestminster network events


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The Notwestminster network are hosting a series of free events in Huddersfield for anyone who is interested in local democracy. The theme is “How can we make our local democracy more like rock n roll – simple, exciting and fun?”

You can share your experiences and ideas through workshops, talks, collaborations and social activities. This year’s events will be at The Media Centre, 7 Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL.

Local Democracy Maker Day

A Local Democracy Maker Day on Friday 12th February 2016 from 10am to 4pm will bring local people together to work on three design challenges for local democracy. This event is ideal for digital makers, creative thinkers, community organisations, open data fans and any of you who have a keen interest in local democracy. You will work together in groups to quickly mock-up something based on the ideas shared on the day. The aim is to create some practical tools that we can all use to make democracy work better for us.

PechaKucha Night

This will be followed by a special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night on Friday 12th February 2016 from 7pm. In collaboration with The Media Centre, this fun evening is an opportunity to hear about people’s passions and interests. A series of speakers from the Notwestminster network will talk for 6 minutes 40 seconds each, following the popular “20 slides for 20 seconds” format.

At the event, Andrew Wilson, founder of the Hannah Festival and directory, will present the story of Regional Democracy in England’s North so far, before investigating how communities can work together to achieve more in Yorkshire. In his presentation, Matt Clack will ask the question ‘Are public servants human too?’, a session which encourages public servants to tell their personal stories. In addition, writer and historian Jill Liddington will recall how Yorkshire suffragettes demanded a voice in Westminster in her ‘Votes for Women’ talk.

The evening runs from 7pm to 9pm in Café Ollo at The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield. Admission is free and open to all. There is a licensed bar.

Notwestminster 2016 – main event

The Notwestminster 2016 Main Event is at the Media Centre from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 13th February 2016. A number of talks, workshops and activities will run throughout the day, with topics including how to involve young people in democracy, experiences of the role of councillor, storytelling, how to use and share data, how to redesign the council meeting and ways of helping people be part of civic conversations.

On the day participants can also hear from a series of inspiring speakers including Mevan Babaker from fact-checking organization Full Fact (as featured on #BBCQT). Chloe Brown from Kirklees Youth Council will be talking about the importance of political education, and Democracy Club’s Sym Roe will explain how you can help to crowdsource the candidates for the 2016 local elections.

Want to get involved?

This event is open to 80 people from across the UK. Participants include voters, voluntary organisations, young people, councillors, public sector workers, community activists and academics. A limited number of free tickets are still available.

Tickets for the Maker Day and Notwestminster 2016, plus more details about all of the events, are available on the Notwestminster website

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