TALK SHOP - doing democracy differently


Imagine a country that draws on the good sense of ordinary people like you and me when making decisions and passing new laws.

TALKSHOP develops new ways of discussing and reaching agreement about the issues that really matter to us all - local, national, international. Tricky questions like what should we do about health and social care, or how we should improve British democracy. TALKSHOP is about making sure that everyone has a voice in the matters that concern them - so that democracy works for everyone.

“It was fantastic to see so many people from our town gather together. Difficult issues were discussed, and we looked for practical solutions. I am proud of how respectful our community was of one another and pleased to see what progress can be made when we come together as a team.” Clare Gage on the Chesterfield climate emergency event facilitated by Talk Shop

Win-Win Democracy

Find out about our new programme on Win-Win Democracy, where all parties win - gaining the essence of what they want - and no-one loses!


Our latest innovation was developed at the Hay Festival Digital 2020: a coggle map which is a record of the event that combines the spoken words of the speakers and the written chat from the audience.

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