Democracy for Dinner – Sharing the burden of democracy

Democracy for Dinner is a community engagement platform for exploring policy issues and alternative models for democracy.

The topics we explore range from policy, social, economic and environmental issues, as well as alternative models for democracy including mechanisms for representation, voting and decision making. We encourage balanced views and a non-partisan approach to ensure events are inclusive and informative.

So how do the events work? The local group nominate priority topics to explore throughout the year, and 1 or 2 members select a topic in advance to lead and learn through teaching, and share the burden of being informed, engaged citizens with fellow attendees. You don’t have to be an expert in the topic area, this is an opportunity for learning.

Speakers provide materials in advance for people who want to explore a topic in depth, and on the night speak to the group for 10-30 min, followed by guided conversation. Events are held over dinner in a relaxed, conversational environment, and offer a way to engage with locals in your area.

If you would like to run events in your own town, please contact Lexi Randall-L’Estrange via info@democracy4dinner.org.