On Bonfire Night 2020, a date synonymous with radical ideas and Parliament, we launched the Better Future Forum: a series of monthly online events showcasing game-changing initiatives and innovators upgrading the fabric of society, building a future that thrives in tune with each other and the planet.
NEXT EVENT: Dec. 3rd: ‘Better Education’ – exploring products and platforms that are fundamentally reimagining how and what we teach.
Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:50PM – 6:00PM GMT
The series kicked off with a big one, ‘Better Democracy’
We were privileged to be joined by speakers:
- Peter MacFadyen, Author, Flatpack Democracy
- Emma Knaggs, Director, Make Votes Matter
- Heydon Prowse, Comedian, Director and Activist, The Revolution Will Be Televised
- Indra Adnan, Co-initiator, The Alternative UK
Challenging the current model
It’s possible to give people back the agency that democracy was intended to provide. A say in the running of their world, on the big things and the things that they’re closest to.
Each of these initiatives are tackling this from different angles.
Flatpack Democracy aims to put people back in control of their communities by helping them to become independent local councillors on a collaborative platform.
Make Votes Matter is forming consensus at the highest levels for a reform to our national electoral system that would bring the UK in line with other modern democracies, making our government look more like the people it represents.
The Revolution Will Be Televised cuts below the surface of British democracy and highlights – through the medium of award-winning satire – the things many of us take for granted, or don’t even know about, that are actually attacking our society from the inside.
The Alternative UK is launching a “friendly revolution”, supporting all citizens to engage deeply with the complex issues that face our society.
- Going mainstream: finding the right language. Identifying common ground. Building public consensus. Generating the funds required to cut through.
- Social polarization: how are we divided, and why? How do we effectively break out of our social bubbles?
- Journalism’s role: what responsibility do they, and should they, have?
- Diversity: despite often the right intentions, meetings and events about politics are very white, very middle aged and very male. How do we improve this reality?
just for Forward Democracy members, watch the video replay here.