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We’re growing!

Member snapshot as of today. 47,373 answers 838 people That's an average of 57 votes per person. Not bad when you realise that you'll only vote 14 times in general elections. ...

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Good things to read

Inspired by the #SummerOfTech alternative summer reading list for MPs (and everyone) here are our picks, and some other good things we've been reading here at Represent. Our favourites: More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First by Steve Hilton Blueprint for a Revolution...

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Things we’ve been reading recently

25% of Estonians electoral votes are cast online. Laws have been updated to address the issues of privacy, security and trust, without reverting to isolation and protectionism. Manuel Arriaga, author of the excellent Rebooting Democracy discusses the possibility of a "Citizen's Chamber" as an...

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This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind

  via Bloomberg There are two main points to take from this graph. 1. Change is happening faster - that much is obvious. 2. Compassion is changing. This one's a little harder to discern, but either: a) Our 'circle of compassion' is expanding to include more...

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8 ways online democracy changes everything.

The chances are you’re not going to get the MP you voted for — but that might not matter for very much longer. There is a quiet revolution taking place in democracy, bringing new thinking to how we take decisions together. For the...

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5 Predictions for the 2020 General Election

1. It may not be in 2020. The outcome of the 2015 elections is not going to be a stable parliament. The coalition leaders are not acquainted to working as effective, mixed teams; and the media will insist on reporting division and personality. This, coupled...

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We’re for .everyone

You may have read Martha Lane-Fox's call for: A new institution could be the catalyst we need to shape the world we want to live in and Britain’s role in that world. Today, we’re letting big commercial technology platforms shape much...

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The future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe

It's rather long (4h16m!) but this broadcast of the conference from Brussels last month contains some gems about the barriers, opportunities, and trends in how social innovation in Europe is scaling and failing. (If the embed doesn't work, try the link...

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Do health messages work?

So this is interesting. We're quite young (just 3 weeks) so we don't have that much in the way of big numbers that we can point to and confidently say "THAT, my friends, is a FACT!" But in spite of that, just...

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– Why can’t voting be like when you go to McDonalds.

The New Extraordinary

There’s a lot of chat about the ‘new normal’. That’s good news for two reasons. First, pointing at once-radical ideas and saying ‘huh, that’s normal now’ helps us see and believe in change. Not only does that help us get over...

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Democracy: process or project?

For #democracyday on the BBC this morning, Professor Michael Sandel hosted a lively debate about whether democracy works. He summed up by drawing a difference between democracy as process and democracy as project. Instead of conversations around first past the post...

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– The visions of the future we offer our children become self-fulfilling prophecies.