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Democracy: From Sheffield to Westminster - Making it Deliberative & Real

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What do we actually want from democracy? How do we develop community-level policy-making? Mayors, committees, referenda, deliberation or a mixture of all of the above? If so, how do we know 'what works' 'when' or 'why'? How do we improve 'democratic listening' instead of always increasing the noise levels? Are deliberative methods really the best way for tackling complex issues or are they just tokenistic tools to make us all feel better?

In this online discussion we'll be discussing these questions and lots more.

Natalie Bennett began her working life as a journalist, after studying agriculture at the University of Sydney. She joined the Green Party on the 1st of January, 2006 and was the leader of the party from 2012 - 2016. She was sworn in as a member of the House of Lords on October 15, 2019.

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