Open House - Creating Democratic Organisations for the 21st Century

GlobalNet21 is partnering up with FutureGov and Hub Launchpad for an evening of discussion at The House of Commons.

We will discuss how, as a democratic organisation, the House of Commons shapes up in comparison with other open organisations working for social good in different fields.

We will look at examples of organisations who have shifted from traditionally models and are enabling people to make decisions, work flexibly and collaboratively while cultivating transparency and accountability for decision-makers.

We invite you to prepare you questions now as you will have the chance to ask organisational experts and consultants what kind of innovations are underway and how we could help the House of Commons become a real "Open House".  

Programme: 
6.30PM Start of panel talk
8.15 - 8.30PM End discussion
[masked]PM Networking

Speakers:

Tom Nixon, co-founder of the social consultancy NixonMcInnes
Simon Burall, Director, Involve
Brie Rogers Lowery UK Campaigns Director at Change.org  
Diane Beddoes Chief Executive, Dialogue by Design

Following the speakers, a Q&A and discussion session will take place   

We would like to thank Andy Love MP for arranging this for us. 

How to get there?

The location is: Committee room 10 - House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA - The entrance for this is through Security at the St Stephen’s Entrance to the House opposite Cromwell Green. It is in the main Palace of Westminster. The closest underground is Westminster.

Can you please arrive a little early as you will have to go through security to get in and there is sometimes quite a queue.

If asked which event are you attending: just say you have come to the GlobalNet21 meeting in Committee 10 and that Andy Love MP is hosting it.

How to join the conversation?  

You can already suggest questions and discuss about what is means for you to build a more "Open" House of Commons via twitter at:

@hublaunchpad

 and

@globalnet21

using the hashtag #PSLaunchpad.


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  • Derek G.

    I agree with Francois; parliamentarians only really represent themselves, not us.
    The only answer is to either get oneself in parliament via election, or join the appropriate party with the proviso that they do as they are directed by the party members who are, themselves directed by the rest of us or they are kicked out of the house. The bigger the party, the greater control to those in 'authority' in Parliament, if you see what I mean

    November 21, 2013

  • Francois K.

    Somewhat belatedly, thank you for the great, important and urgent topic, for the great speakers, questions and moderation and for the great organisation in the unique setting. My only regret is we didn't really have a democratic discussion. I'm never quite sure why we the people call a question and answer session with speakers up on a podium answering questions from us down in the audience a "debate"? Why always focus on the speakers, why not the listeners?

    Thank you Simon Burall for being so bold and trying to break that mould, unfortunately an impossible mission in the pre-structured setting. But thank you too, the organisers, for arranging this 'debate' in this cocoon of a parliament - if it did anything for me, it was to make it so blatantly clear as to why there is such a disconnect between our "representatives" and we the people.

    1 · November 19, 2013

    • Marc B.

      Thanks Francois for your comment, I think that was the idea to on purpose host an event from inside the system which needs to be reformed. We discovered quite at the last minute this room and the "pre structured setting" and I think we all realised then how much we need to develop organisations which are inviting public participation, not limiting it. The remaining question is what to do about this disconnection, note that we had had good discussions afterwards at the local pub on the subject. Hope to discuss further at a future event.

      November 20, 2013

  • Marc B.

    For those who couldn't attend our event last week here is the recording: https://soundcloud.com/marc-barto/open-house-creating

    November 18, 2013

    • Alex

      Wonderful! Thank you so much. I was so sad to miss this and was hoping someone had recorded it.

      November 18, 2013

    • Peter F.

      Thanks for that Marc. Good job!

      November 18, 2013

  • Marc B.

    2 more blog posts about our event on Tuesday:
    - From one of the speaker Simon Burrall:
    http://www.involve.org.uk/blog/2013/11/13/how-to-mend-parliament/
    - From one of our scholar:
    http://launchpadscholars.tumblr.com/post/66871427821/open-government-what-is-it-and-how-do-we-get

    Let us if you wrote a blog or have comments!

    November 15, 2013

  • Marc B.

    Many thanks all for your active participation, we also had a great discussion at the nearby afterwards. Here is an event report by one of the attendees: http://bowyers-lime.com/3/post/2013/11/open-government-at-the-house-of-commons.html

    November 13, 2013

    • Marc B.

      If you want to apply to the Accelerator (applications opening later today) or have any questions do get in touch (marc At wearefuturegov DOT com)

      November 13, 2013

  • Ruby

    Great speakers and interesting questions from the audience. Exceeded my expectations!

    November 13, 2013

  • Blake L.

    I think in light of the recent interview with Russel Brand by Jeremy Paxman, I think this evening could be interesting, especially if we ask what democracy actually means in the 21st century; is democracy a static structure or is it a dynamic process that needs to constantly update itself, casting off the relics of history in order to be informed by evolving changes in the cultural consciousness. And here's the video in case you havent seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Alia

      Hi Blake. I think you have very eloquently answered your own important question!

      November 12, 2013

    • Ruby

      I hadn't seen it, Blake - thanks for sharing the link. Thoroughly enjoyed watching it :-)

      November 13, 2013

  • Peter F.

    An interesting mix of partcipants. Francis did his usual excellent job as master of ceremonies.

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • P.Selvaratnam

      How can we multiply this?

      November 13, 2013

    • P.Selvaratnam

      A lot more people should be worried about the quality of governance. A lot more people should be expressing it. As a retired teacher I can say that the level of social science education in secondary education is too poor.

      1 · November 13, 2013

  • Alia

    So glad everyone had a constructive debate and that some people managed to get together socially afterwards.Look forward to attending an event soon myself.It has been really educational and informative just to read this conversation history .Thanks everyonr

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Prodeepta D.

    It was a fascinating discussion. There was general disillusion with the current centralised, representational democracy. And a real need for connection between representatives and the people. A way must be found for political decisions to be informed by the felt needs and widely held opinions of the people.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Ed

    A delight to be in an environment with a decent digital hearing system to work with my hearing aids! Pity the pub didn't have such (none does!) but good to have a drink with some folk afterwards, too.

    November 12, 2013

  • Andrew J.

    Was planning on coming but the tubes have scuppered my plans. Will be interested to hear how the evening goes.

    November 12, 2013

  • Caroline C H

    Sorry - won't be able to make it tonight. Are you going to record this meeting - probably not. Regards

    November 12, 2013

  • Joanna N.

    I am sorry but l will not be able to come along to your meeting tonight.

    November 12, 2013

  • Francois K.

    Churhill was wrong - there are better more evolved forms of democracy than the so-called "representative" one we've currently got - and it's about time we moved out of this fixation of ours that what we've currently got is the best there is. What self-serving non-sense! Linked a piece I wrote for the Scottish Common Weal recently (as a non-Scot) exploring direct democracy, sociocracy and various forms of organisational and workplace democracy: http://buff.ly/1e0Kb2y - the basic message could equally apply here.

    2 · November 12, 2013

    • Anne B.

      Francois - a really helpful link, and good to see again the merits of heterocratic modes (OST) etc - Francis will be amazed I didnt set you up to post it! My sense is there is a long age of experimentation required, already on-going, under-running all the phases foregone - the nature of this experimentation is where I feel the power in the sytem exists, elusively not to be fixed and insitutionalised - so our formalised structures lose the essence of it but the essence itself is not lost, we just seek for it in the last palce it will show up.

      November 12, 2013

    • Anne B.

      November 12, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    If we have well-informed voters we may overcome many of the shortcomings referred to here

    November 12, 2013

  • Alex

    Francis, will you be videoing tonight's meeting? I can't make it any longer, but I'd really like to hear what is discussed.

    November 12, 2013

    • P.Selvaratnam

      I don't think anybody is allowed to use camera/video in the House.

      November 12, 2013

  • Prodeepta D.

    The parliamentary system can retain its relevance by being responsive to people's feelings and opinions especially at critical times. So often the system allows elected representative to disregard the pulse of the people or the professionals. The wars fought in the name of the people and countless changes to departmental policies (and the resultant waste in paper/printing/publicity) are cases in point.

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Ivo

    Apologies for cancelling attendance... at exactly the same time, there is a presentation at LSE on reforming bank-money, which I think is even more urgent than getting some proper democracy!

    November 12, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    We have professional standards for various professionals. But parliamentarians have no set standards!

    1 · November 12, 2013

    • Ruby

      Nice point, Alia. It definitely seems that way!

      November 12, 2013

    • Alex

      You really want to professionalise political involvement? I hope not. Standard setting sure, professionalising please no. Just another hurdle to protect the old boy club.

      November 12, 2013

  • Peter F.

    Admin point: I'll be in the Entrance Hall so please make yourself known to me so we can check you in, etc.
    See you all tomorrow.

    1 · November 11, 2013

    • Ruby

      Will do ;o)

      November 12, 2013

  • Ed

    A key problem is the complete inability of Government to make decisions. I spent eight days leading the objectors to a form of Act of Parliament called a Harbour Revision Order, applied for by Exeter City Council and subject to a Public Inquiry. Major changes to the management of the River Exe Navigation were proposed, which were - and are - impractical by the judgment of all of the river's users. At the conclusion of the hearing, papers were passed to the Secretary of State for Transport for a decision. Five years later, we are still waiting the outcome. That there is an opportunity for debate indicates democracy of a sort, but if the "powers that be" cannot reach a decision thereafter in a reasonable timespan, the whole process falls into disrepute.

    November 11, 2013

    • Ed

      Actually this particular process may yet turn out to be relatively quick. The Exe Power Boat and Ski Club whom I represent has been advised that an issue we raised about a Right of Way will be addressed in approximately seven years time. We initially raised the enquiry in 2007. Eric Pickles, as Local Government Minister, was asked to comment on whether this timescale was suitable. His office replied that they have no interest or influence on Rights of Way issues, in themselves or their timing. And there was me, fool that I am, thinking that Devon County Council was part of Local Government, and that a Local Government Minister might be interested in such ludicrously extended timescales indicating incompetence, indifference or both.

      November 12, 2013

    • Ruby

      You have the patience of a saint, Ed!!

      November 12, 2013

  • Alia

    I think we should make more of an effort to involve people with very little money in the democratic process.It is this group which suffers most as a result of poor government policies .

    2 · November 10, 2013

  • Marc B.

    Hi all, we are looking forward to debate this subject with you on Tuesday! You can already suggest your questions and discuss about what is means for you to build a more "Open" House of Commons here or via twitter at: @hublaunchpad and @globalnet21 using the hashtag #PSLaunchpad

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Benoit C.

    Not to sure if I will make it but will try thanks for the invite

    November 7, 2013

  • Ivo

    Because the meeting assumes that 'the House of Commons is an open, democratic organisation' I am not expecting very much from this! As Rousseau said, representation is the very opposite of democracy, and what's more it lures us into not hoping for true democracy... 'the moment a people allows itself to be represented, it is no long free: it no longer exists.'

    2 · October 31, 2013

    • Dan S.

      Very true..still we must persevere towards the realisation of deeper democratic ideals by building on the status quo and occupying the rhetoric so it comes to embody more than hollow words and deeds

      October 31, 2013

    • Ivo

      I guess so... but it only seems to get worse!

      October 31, 2013

  • Dan S.

    Looking forward to it!

    October 30, 2013

  • Caroline P.

    A date for my diary!

    October 29, 2013

  • Nikki F.

    Passionate about offering and delivering practical solutions... all about collaboration and community :-)

    1 · October 29, 2013

    • Alia

      It is a relief to see that such talented people are creating serious solutions to serious problems

      October 29, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    October 29, 2013

  • P.Selvaratnam

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiX_JUWeTx0

    On 16 October 2013, the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations launched its report 'Now for the Long Term'. It is the result of a year long process of research and debate undertaken by a group of eminent leaders on the successes and failures in addressing global challenges over recent decades.

    October 29, 2013

  • Alia

    Looking forward to meeting like minded people

    October 24, 2013

  • Azi

    So long as we continue to have the same voices in the House of Commons (HoC), we will continue to face the same problem of lack of real democracy. If this is assumed to be a correct assumption, then the question is how do we as a society go about creating other representative voices within the HoC.

    1 · October 13, 2013

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