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.

‘Much better than sitting still and listening to speakers for two hours’. and ‘Great way to hear other people's views, and to hear alternative solutions’. Worcester climate change event participants

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.

News & Ideas
Salisbury Democracy Alliance use Talk Shop’s New Local Politics discussion kit

Mark Potts writes Introduction Salisbury Democracy Alliance ran this event in May 2023 with the local network of the Royal… Read More

Sheffield’s Silent Revolution

Martin Yarnit writes: Local government politics is sedate, slow moving, obedient to the dictates of central government – for the… Read More

Schoolchildren come up with innovative ideas at “Assembly of Humans and More Than Humans”

Perry Walker writes: Initially, participating scientists, teachers, students, local government employees, councillors and activists, who took part in the Assemblies… Read More