The founder of the ‘flatpack democracy’ movement, Peter Macfadyen, will be giving an online presentation later this month to bring flatpack democracy to the Isle of Wight.
Flatpack democracy is when a group of people come together to focus clearly on the needs of their community; they look to fellow citizens to be clear about what needs to be done and how to do it; and they agree to work together respecting and welcoming their differences. It looks to the wisdom and experience of a community rather than Party Political ideology and thereby seeks to bring forward a group of individuals who set out to rebuild the ambition of local decision making.
In light of the fact that over the last year many individuals and groups have emerged to rebuild functioning communities in the face of COVID, Peter’s presentation will examine how, on the Isle of Wight, the community can take that energy and capacity into rebuilding the local council so it can properly serve residents in the future.
Peter will share experiences from how other towns around the UK have reclaimed their councils, reformed how they work, and moved to working with their communities in ways fit for the 21st century.
The session will include discussions on the need for people to work togther with unified aims and purposes, priorities for the forthcoming elections and the new Council as well as the potential for communities also taking control of Town and Parish Councils which are not serving them properly.
The session, to be hosted on 25th January, will be aimed both at those with a general interest in the ideas of Flatpack Democracy as well as those considering standing as candidates.
Peter Macfadyen said:
“What follows Covid will not be ‘back to normal’. We can be sure that central government will not be providing resources and support to rebuild. Given this, it is even more essential that local councils are ambitious, effective, and working with their communities not just for them. There is no sign that political party based politicians and division amongst various groups can achieve this. We need to elect individuals working together with a clear focus on building back better.”
Jonathan Bacon of Our Island said:
“Reading the Flatpack Democracy book and listening to Peter Macfadyen was the inspiration for the Our Island movement, which aims to act as the conduit to bring these ideas to the Isle of Wight. We are very pleased that Peter is able to deliver this session and support what we are trying to do. It promises to be an interesting and inspiring evening”.
Anyone wishing to participate in the session should register by sending an email to [email protected].
The session will be followed by a UK wide day of networking and training sessions on Saturday 30th January. Details will be made available to anyone registering for the session on the 25th.