The Practical Democracy Project

Informal, insightful sharing of ideas to improve democracy


Passionate speakers, sharing from their first-hand expertise.

Latest episodes

Episode 9: Conservative anarchism with Simon Parker

Simon Parker is the Corporate Director of Strategy at the London Borough of Redbridge Council, and something of a local government expert. His current job is the latest posting of a colourful and varied career in and around local governance, which has included positions as a journalist, director of the New Local Government Network, and a fellow at the Institute for Government.

Episode 8: The Scrutiny Special with Ed Hammond

Ed Hammond is Director of Research and Campaigns at the Centre for Public Scrutiny. His background is in local government, and he is a nationally recognised expert on matters relating to councils’ overview and scrutiny functions.

Episode 7: In defence of democracy with Dr. Roslyn Fuller

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: Bex Rae-Evans of 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 people working in the third sector to people working in tech who are happy to share their expertise.

Episode 5: Carolyn Hassan of 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 with Dr. Nicole Curato

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 Special Part 2

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 Special Part 1

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: Dr. Rebecca Rumbul

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

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