The Practical Democracy Podcast

The Practical Democracy Podcast

How can we improve democracy, today? In this podcast series, we at Delib speak with people working in publicly accountable organisations, civic society and the third sector to hear how they are making practical change.To find out more about how Delib is creating next generation engagement tools visit https://www.delib.net

Episodes

January 12, 2023 30 min

Welcome back to the Practical Democacy Podcast. In this episode, we talk to Julia Wagemann, founder of Women+ in Geospatial, to talk about unconscious bias in the geospatial sector.

Women+ in Geospatial was established as a way for women and non-binary or trans people to form a community and provide support, advice and inspiration to each other in a field that's typically male-dominated. The organisation hopes to tackle ...

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We sit down with Dr Antonis Kousoulis, the Director of the Mental Health Foundation in England and Wales to chat about the relationship between mental health and public participation, the democratic landscape post-COVID and how we can remove the barriers that hinder people from participating.

Explore resources: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Follow Mental Health Foundation https://twitter.com/mentalhealth


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We talk to Hirra Khan Adeogun, head of car-free cities at Possible about transport through a gendered lens and how inclusive the current system is. 

Hirra Khan is currently leading on Possible’s landmark programme to kickstart the process of making private cars obsolete in our cities, accelerating the move to a zero carbon Britain built by and for everyone. She’s passionate about designing sustainable futures that centre social just...

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How do changes to our road networks get made? Is the traffic order (TRO) process fit for purpose, and how do we achieve democratic buy-in?

Mark Philpotts, a.k.a. the Ranty Highwayman, lifts the veil on how we improve UK roads and the complexities of getting the public on side - particularly those who may be resistant to change.

Mark is a technical manager with Sweco UK. He specialises in walking and cycling design, although he has y...

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Compliance doesn't always mean inclusion.

Join us to take a deep dive into all things accessibility with TetraLogical director Léonie Watson and our very own senior customer success manager and passionate accessibility advocate Lauren LaRocca 

Léonie is a Director at TetraLogical, member of the W3C Advisory Board, co-Chair of the W3C Web Applications and HTML working groups, and member of the BIMA Inclusive Design Council.

With m...

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On this episode, we’ll be talking about democracy in a time of climate emergency.  How are local authorities working towards their climate action plans, and how can we as citizens make sense of it and hold them accountable? 

Helping us explore these questions and more are our guests Siôn Williams, the outreach and networks coordinator for mySociety’s climate programme and Myf Nixon the communications manager for mySociety.

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The way we travel is changing in the face of a climate emergency, but is the infrastructure we have ready for this change? In this episode, we talk to London walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman about how we can make active travel better for citizens. 

We deep dive into transport strategy, ask about barriers to participation and ponder the future of sustainable travel that benefits people and the planet.

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The Practical Democracy podcast returns this summer and we've got a fantastic selection of guests and stimulating subjects to share. From London's walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman talking about creating a travel infrastructure that benefits everyone, to Dr Antonis Kousoulis pondering the long-term effects of mental health on political participation. 

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We host a discussion between Jackie Weaver chief executive of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, Dr Rebecca Rumbul, head of research at My Society and Hattie Andrews, the director and founder of The Politics Project about why it’s important for more young people to get involved with local democracy.
 
Highlights include; Jackie’s new found fame as a result of that Handforth Parish Council meeting, the difference between a h...

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December 10, 2020 22 min

Delib rounds off Season 1 with a look back at some memorable moments from previous episodes of the Practical Democracy Podcast.


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August 6, 2020 64 min

Simon Parker speaks to Delib's Ben Fowkes about his recent post ‘Conservative anarchism, self-organisation and the future of government’.


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Director of Research and Campaigns at Centre for Public Scrutiny, Ed Hammond, speaks to Delib’s Ben Fowkes about what scrutiny actually is, and the role it plays within a functioning democracy.


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June 2, 2020 85 min

Digital Democracy expert, columnist and author Dr. Roslyn Fuller speaks to Delib's Ben Fowkes on how she became dedicated to working in the field, Athenian Democracy, the concept of anti-democrats and systematic problems with representative politics. 


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May 15, 2020 60 min

Delib's Ben Fowkes speaks to Bex Rae-Evans from Tech for Good Live on topics ranging from using service design in a time of crisis to helping organisations adapt to a new life working online. 


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April 7, 2020 85 min

Delib's Ben Fowkes speaks with founder and director of Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol, Carolyn Hassan, on how they are supporting social action using technology and arts. 


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Sociologist Dr. Nicole Curato chats to Delib's Ben Fowkes about her work and new book, 'Democracy in A time of Misery: From Spectacular Tragedies to Deliberative Action'.
Get Nicole's book: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/democracy-in-a-time-of-misery-9780198842484?cc=gb&lang=en&


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March 13, 2020 44 min

Kevin Davies, Head of Public Engagement at the National Assembly for Wales, speaks to Delib’s Ben Fowkes when attending #NotWestminster 2020. 


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February 21, 2020 56 min

Carl Whistlecraft from Kirklees Council, Kate Grigg from Centre for Public Scrutiny and Joe Mitchell from Democracy Club speak to Delib’s Ben Fowkes when attending #NotWestminster 2020. 


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For more episodes of The Practical Democracy Podcast please visit https://www.delib.net/practical-democracy/podcast

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October 29, 2019 57 min

Dr. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety, speaks to Delib’s Ben Fowkes on making practical change. 


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For more episodes of The Practical Democracy Podcast please visit https://www.delib.net/practical-democracy/podcast

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