England & Wales Democracy, devolution and governance

Not Westminster 2018 – we are generation D


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Notwestminster, the annual event for local democracy enthusiasts, is back for its fourth incarnation, “We are Generation D”, on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February 2018, writes Spencer Wilson.

If we want a stronger local democracy, we all need to be part of the generation that makes it happen. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can do something practical to improve our local democracy, here and now.

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave 8.5 million women (and all men aged over 21) the opportunity to vote. It is a sorry legacy that in England today only a third of us vote in local elections, and many people distrust our decision-makers.

The Notwestminster network think that together we can change this. The stronger local democracy we all want and deserve could be just around the corner. Will you be part of Generation D? Here is how you can be.

The Notwestminster main event on Saturday 17th February includes participant-led workshops, lightning talks, creative activities and lots of opportunities for making contact with others who are interested in in local democracy, citizen engagement, open data and civic tech. Workshops include open government, local problem-solving forums, improving public meetings, learning from One Team Government, regional devolution, involving young people in democracy and lots more.

The Democracy Maker Day on Friday 16th February will be hosted by Democracy Club and the Notwestminster network. This is an opportunity to get involved in practical projects to strengthen our local democracy, with a particular focus on decision-making in councils, elections and voting.

The special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night on Friday 16th February will feature a series of fun and informative, quick-fire presentations from members of the Notwestminster network and our friends.

To book your free tickets please visit: 

To find out more about Notwestminster visit: We are Notwestminster