Welcome to E-Democracy.org UK.
The following local Issues Forums are part of our global network of citizen-based online forums for community empowerment and active citizen participation. The neighbourhood-level forums also include broader "community life" exchange.
- Brighton and Hove
Get Involved in the United Kingdom with E-Democracy.org
1. Volunteer to start an Issues Forum in your community. Extensive start-up training and advice is available. Or volunteer to join the local city "team" to help with outreach and more.
3. Explore materials from our past UK pilot efforts funded in 2004-05 by the then UK Local e-Democracy National Project.
- [Current UK-related Blog Posts http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/category/uk] or older project notes
- Oxford e-democracy evaluation - With links to multiple evaluations
- [UK Press Release http://e-democracy.org/uk/press.html]
- 60 Page Guidebook and Why Join Flyer
- Case Study
Brief history of E-Democracy.org in the UK
E-Democracy.org is a U.S.-based NGO serving over 15 communities with 25+ Issues Forums across New Zealand, the UK, and the United States (particularly Minnesota). Our history in the UK dates back to 1994 when our model was cited as the motivation behind the launch of UK Citizens Online Democracy in its first incarnation. Scott Aikens, then a graduate student from Michigan studying at Cambridge, came to Minnesota to help found our initiative and returned to the UK where he spread the word. Today UK Citizens Online Democracy is the charity which hosts MySociety.org. In 2004, staff from the UK Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the forming UK Local e-Democracy National Project visited Minnesota. This led to a request for an Issues Forums pilot effort to start one forum in the UK. We started two. Compared to the other 25 or so pilots we the most citizen-based (versus council-based) and despite no major funding after the 2005, the model spread to two additional councils at the neighborhood level and most of the forums remain active most weeks to this day.