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Practising representation – are you doing enough?

In the last blog post in the evolve democracy series, I described key elements of the system of representative democracy in Australia and introduced the term 'practising representation'. The practice of asking,

How representative is representative democracy?

In my last post about models of democracy, I said that I would evolve representative democracy rather than replace it. So, where might we start? Representative democracy is a system built on

Can democracy evolve, or does it need a revolution?

 If you wanted to reform democracy, where would you start? Do we need an alternative, or can representative democracy evolve?   In Australia, we have a representative democracy. We elect people to

Glossary for Democracy

Photo by Debbie Tea on Unsplash Definitions of Democracy Wikipedia definition. Democracy (Greek: δημοκρατία, dēmokratiā, from dēmos 'people' and kratos 'rule'[1]) is a form of government in which the people have the authority to deliberate and decide legislation ("direct democracy"), or to choose governing officials to do so ("representative democracy"). Merriam-Webster definition a form of

What would you change about democracy?

Australia’s system of representative democracy and government turned 120 years old this January. Having worked in and for Australia’s Democracy for almost twenty of these years, I think it needs to


Engagement through Participatory Budgeting

How PB Works Participatory Budgeting (PB) provides an opportunity for communities to participate in the distribution of their public budget. It is happening in many different countries, offering a big return