The Bristol Democracy Project

17 07 2012

The Bristol Democracy Project launched this week promises to be “looking at how decisions are made about Bristol at the moment, and suggesting ways in which more people could get involved in making them in the future”, leading up to the mayoral election on November 15.

The project has been founded by Gez Smith, an e-democracy consultant and former national chair of the Liberal Democrats youth wing, whose biography informs that he has featured in every single UK national newspaper and co-hosted a show with Lauren Laverne on BBC 6 Music.

“One of the ideas behind this blog is to allow people to read and comment on ideas for improving decision making in Bristol, so they can be improved before being presented to the new mayor once he or she is elected,” says Gez.

“It’s one thing to have ideas, but it’s another to think about how those ideas would actually work in Bristol, and that’s something only lots of us working together can decide.”

Unlike the mayoral hustings and debates due to take place in the run-up to the mayoral election, the first of which announced will be held at the Colston Hall on November 1, Gez hopes to “get out and talk to people about how they feel about Bristol’s decision making processes right now”.

One particularly interesting aspect of the project is to put together a list of just who runs Bristol; not just the usual suspects in the council but also health authorities, community groups and the many others who all have an influence on what is done in Bristol.

The Bristol Democracy Project has commendable aims, and if it can convince more people to vote in the mayoral elections on November 15, that can only be a good thing.

For more information, visit www.bristol-democracy.org.


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