The Practical Democracy Podcast

How can we improve democracy today?
A podcast about making practical change, with guests from public bodies and civil society.

Latest episode

Episode 10: End of Year Review

Featuring Dr Rebecca Rumbul, Dr Nicole Curato, Simon Parker

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

Previous episodes

Episode 9: Conservative Anarchism & Social Movements

Featuring Simon Parker, Director of Strategy at the London Borough of Redbridge

Simon and host Ben Fowkes discuss 'Conservative anarchism, self-organisation and the future of government'. There's also some 90s nostalgia and even a bit of singing.


Episode 8: Resisting Change & Scrutiny

Featuring Ed Hammond from the Centre for Public Scrutiny

In this episode, Ed and host Ben Fowkes discuss scrutiny, what it actually is, how it's been affected by council culture and the coronavirus, and what the future holds.


Episode 7: In Defence of Democracy

Featuring Dr. Roslyn Fuller, author and founder of the Solonian Democracy Institute

Dr. Roslyn Fuller is a wearer of many hats: she’s an author, a lecturer, and founder of the research group, the Solonian Democracy Institute. She’s an expert on Athenian democracy and participatory democracy, and the potential that the internet offers in combining the two.


Episode 6: What is Tech for Good?

Featuring Bex Rae-Evans from Tech For Good Live

Bex (or Rebecca, she doesn't mind) is a service designer, serial podcaster and kitten fosterer who has dedicated her career to making tech for good. In practice, that means making things like apps and websites for charities, as well as organising events that connect third sector and tech people.


Episode 5: Co-Creation & Accessible Arts

Featuring Carolyn Hassan, Knowle West Media Centre

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) is a pioneering arts charity in South Bristol. Founder Carolyn Hassan talks about about how KWMC came to be; hyperlocalism and the wider world into which it fits; and how the arts are needed for democracy to thrive.


Episode 4: Democracy in a Time of Misery

Featuring Dr. Nicole Curato, Sociologist

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'.


Episode 3: #NotWestminster Live Special Part 2

Featuring Kevin Davies, Head of Public Engagement at the National Assembly for Wales

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


Episode 2: #NotWestminster Live Special Part 1

Featuring Carl Whistlecraft from Kirklees Council, Kate Grigg from Centre for Public Scrutiny, Joe Mitchell from Democracy Club

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.


Episode 1: Participatory Budgeting & Citizens' Assemblies

Featuring Dr. Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research at mySociety

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


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