We aim to discover, connect and mobilise local neighbourhoods, villages and communities to build fairer and more inclusive places where we all can live together.
We want to see
- Citizens everywhere talking and making decisions together
- Everyone working to make their neighbourhood a brilliant and welcoming place to live
- Neighbourhoods with the right to make their own decisions and control their own resources
- Flourishing community life, backed up by well funded public services.
We are - A movement that welcomes civic society allies and local government friends so we can work together to grow, let go of, and share power.
Join us - Together lets build a powerful movement to enact real change.
Become a member and sign the open letter.
Contact Angela Fell by email.
What is Neighbourhood Democracy?
- Essential - Neighbourhood Democracy create the topsoil of a good society. We need citizens and communities to come together to make connections, form friendships and make things happen.
- Neighbourhoods matter - We are proud of where we live and everyone wants their neighbourhood to be the best place it can possibly be.
- People power - Democracy means people thinking together, making decisions together and cooperating so that we can make those things happen.
- Real power - To create Neighbourhood Democracy we need places, behaviours and systems where everyone can get involved and where people can make plans, control budgets and create solutions together.
- Real democracy - Neighbourhood Democracy opens up the possibility that everyone can be a full citizen and everyone can involved in the democracy. There is no true democracy without Neighbourhood Democracy.
What Neighbourhood Democracy is not?
- It is not politics as usual - Party Politics would certainly destroy Neighbourhood Democracy.
- It does not always mean electing people - Democracy includes everyone at every stage - debating (deliberation) - deciding (voting) - acting (community action).
- It is not a standardised process - We still have much to learn from different neighbourhoods about how to make this work and multiple approaches are possible.
- It is not imposed from the centre - We can define neighbourhoods ourselves, create new ways of organising and work from the grassroots up.
- It is not anti-government - Neighbourhoods benefit from good local government, well funded public services and strong constitutional protections for human rights.