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Notwestminster – creating a kinder local democracy


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Do you want to be part of a kinder, more constructive and more open local democracy? If we want a more compassionate kind of democracy that matters for our everyday lives (and in which our everyday lives matter) then we can each be part of making that happen. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can grow our understanding by listening to each other, and where we can work together to improve our local democracy.

Notwestminster took root in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield in 2015, and has grown into a community of people who give their time and attention to improving our local democracy in places across the UK. It’s a welcoming place for an amazing variety of people, which only exists because of the generosity of our participants, where we make room for each other’s ideas and experiences, and where we are reminded that local democracy has a big heart.

So if you’re up for the challenge of creating a kinder and more open local democracy, please join us for two days of workshops, quick-fire talks, practical activities, conversations and inspiration at The Media Centre in Huddersfield. Notwestminster is a free event and everyone is welcome to take part.

The Notwestminster main event on Saturday 15th February 2020 includes participant-led workshops, lightning talks, creative activities and lots of opportunities for making contact with others who are interested in local democracy, citizen engagement, open data and civic tech.

We’re also holding a Democracy Solutions Day where anyone who is already doing (or who wants to do) something practical to improve our local democracy can work together with others in our network. This interactive day is a chance to share any issues you are thinking about, hear about helpful practice from other Notwestminster participants, and unlock some new ideas and possibilities.

The special Notwestminster PechaKucha Night on Friday 14th February will feature a series of fun and informative, quick-fire presentations from members of the Notwestminster network and our friends. We are also looking for people who might like to give a PechaKucha talk on the night.

To book your free tickets for each event please visit:

PechaKucha Night tickets will be available nearer the time.

To find out more about Notwestminster visit: We are Notwestminster or follow @Notwestminster on twitter – or you can email [email protected].

Diane Sims is Notwestminster Co-ordinator and is also part of the Democracy Service at Kirklees Council.


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