HUDDERSFIELD Search Results: “democracy”

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A Student Manifesto For Change

@ VOL 14 ON APR 29, 2015

Dan Ridsdale, Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator at Huddersfield Student Union talks about the student's manifesto for the general election.

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It's Not Just About The Ballot Box

@ VOL 12 ON FEB 06, 2015

David Bundy, Corporate Policy Officer at Kirklees Council, makes the case for deeper understanding and engagement with democracy through digital means.

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The Deputy Mayor

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Cllr Gwen Lowe, Councillor for Batley West in Kirklees West Yorkshire shares her personal story that has led to her current role of Deputy Mayor for Kirklees.

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The Greatest Movie Ever Made About Democracy

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Dave Mckenna makes a case for 12 Angry Men being recognised as the greatest movie ever made about democracy.


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Is it time to lower the voting age to 16?

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Dr. Andrew Mycock, Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield, asks the question - is it time to lower the voting age to 16? 

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Local Government can be Open and Sustainable Government

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Andreas Pavlou from Involve looks at how the local government could become more open to the public. 

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The Democracy of Presence

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Rose Condo explores the 'democracy of presence' in relation to women ... where women are and are not represented currently and where women have and have not been represented historically. 

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Wisdom Councils In Vorarlberg

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Andy Paice presents on Citizens Wisdom Councils, an interesting innovation in local democracy that has been used for several years in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.

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The Pacer: A Warning From History

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Why are the Pacer trains so terrible? And why have they been around for so long? Ed Hammond examines what we can learn from the perverse incentives and poor accountability behind the Pacer.

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Democratic Innovations N–Z

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2018

Perry Walker from TalkShop follows up his Notwestminster 2017 talk with part two of his A - Z of democractice innvovations.


SITEWIDE Search Results: “democracy”


Umeå @ Studion. Umeå Folkets Hus
Feb 07, 2014


Albany, NY @ CAC Woodside
Jul 22, 2014


Umeå @ Studion. Umeå Folkets Hus
Sep 23, 2014


Halifax @ The Carleton
Oct 15, 2014


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Feb 12, 2016


Delhi @ Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation
Apr 17, 2014


Huddersfield @ Cafe Ollo
Feb 10, 2017


Dayton @ Dakota Center
May 18, 2017


Coventry @ The Tin Music & Arts, Canal Basin Vaults
Jun 07, 2018


Bozeman @ The Ellen Theatre
Nov 08, 2018

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GEZI: The Park that Became a Democracy Movement

@ VOL 22 ON MAY 18, 2014

Being an urban designer, Ozgur Basak Alkan has a unique perspective of the events that led to the Taksim Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013. The park became representative of much more than what it seemed.  

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Being Young in Kabul

@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

"The reason I went back to Kabul … is I felt something was changing, something was very different, and I wanted to see it with my own eyes."

In Being Young in Kabul from PechaKucha Night Maastricht Vol. 30, Samina Ansari tells us that in March 2015, a woman was stoned and burned to death in the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. That's when Ansari decided to return to her birth country after 20 years of absence. One year later, she wants to share her experiences and observations: Kabul is more than what you see in the news.

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The Fight for Democracy

@ VOL 8 ON JAN 20, 2017

Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.

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Unity in Diversity?

@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

As a young EU citizen who is convinced that there can only be a European solution to our present and future (political) challenges, Verena Riedmiller feels that Europeans need to stand up now for a more democratic Europe. A Europe, in which the voices of its diverse citizens are heard, a Europe, which does not only preach values but brings them to life.

Her proposal for such a Europe comes in the form of the NGO cube. Your take on Europe. Cube. educates, engages and empowers young people in Europe to voice their ideas for a Europe of the future towards the European Commission.

The EU is not a set political reality, each and every one of us can raise their voice and shape our political future!

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What Europe could learn from nerds

@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

The European Union is facing a crisis. A large part of the population either does not understand it, finds it intrusive, or even thinks that it is simply not needed, sometimes all of the above. Thankfully, nerds are here to help, says Valentin Calomme. Not with a magical app or piece of software, but with the wisdom of mathematics.

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How I came to be convinced that we need a post-national Europe

@ VOL 32 ON FEB 06, 2017

Yannic Bellino shares how he came to dream of a post-national future for Europe. In the period between his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he spent some time in Berlin working for the European Democracy Lab where he learnt that maybe the current set-up of the EU is obsolete. He now believes that a new narrative and a new utopia are needed in these times of re-emerging nationalism.

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Inconvenient freedom: universities in democratic reversals

@ VOL 33 ON MAY 22, 2017

Lutz Krebs is a strong advocate of academic freedom. As an academic researcher and education professional, he believes that freedom of research and education are essential for the future of any country. He is concerned that recent reversals of academic freedom in a number of European countries mirror events in the past — and suggests that they serve as warnings for the future.

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Informed Voter Project

@ VOL 5 ON SEP 20, 2018

The Indian National Elections will be held in February or March 2019. This will be a momentous election for the largest democracy in the world, poised to select the pathways towards a inclusive, equitable development not only for its own peoples but also one that will determine the trajectory of critical global issues such as climate change, sustainable development goals of the UN etc. for the next 5 years. My organization is preparing to establish a Informed Voting Service (providing detailed, objectively analyzed information about candidates) to enhance the 'quality' of the election so that citizens of India vote based on information and look beyond rumors, biased opinions cultivated by mass media, and religious/caste identity.

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PKN Providence Vol. 2

PechaKucha Night returned to Providence last week for Vol. 2, and organizer Stephanie Gerson provides us with a nice round-up of what went on. As was the first, the second Pecha Kucha night in Providence was a gorgeous success! It went down on April 22nd, which happened to be Earth Day, so the theme was (fittingly) green and the venue was a beautiful sustainably built studio -- the builder himself, a sustainable designer named John Jacobson, gave a presentation about the venue. Oh and we started the night with a big Happy Earth Day cheer. Las month for volume 1, I wanted to leave the crowd hungry, so I only gave them eight presentations. This month for volume 2, I wanted to give them more, though I was a little worried about throwing a whopping eleven presentations at them....BUT THEY ATE IT. And they Loved it. The crowd stuck around until the very last presentation, and afterwards continued shmoozing with each other and our illustrious presenters. Speaking of, we had a fantastic and fantastically diverse lineup. Sami Nerenberg, the youngest adjunct faculty at RISD and teacher of Design for Social Entrepreneurship, showed her work with local communities to design more beautiful and healthy living environments. With Obama as a major source of inspiration, she imported the field of community organizing into design, describing her work as community designing. Alyn Carlson, a graphic designer, fine artist, and actor, told a more intimate story, taking us through the personal experiences that lead her to watercolors, describing how her relationship with water implicates her relationship wtih watercolor, and exhibiting the stunning work she does with the medium. Whatever stereotypes we may have had about watercolors being used to paint only the likes of flower bouquets and sunset landscapes, Alyn kindly demolished them. But I think the most captivating Pecha Kucha presentation of the night, and quite possibly the most captivating I've ever seen (...and not only because he's my beau), was given by Brown Master's in Public Health student Nathaniel Lepp. His presentation was grandiosely titled "Triboluminescence, Marijuana, and the Future of American democracy," but he lived up to it, taking us on a ride through the physical, psychological, and even spiritual health benefits of marijuana, its ambiguity vis-a-vis established scientific taxonomies, and the history of its illegalization to the point of militarization (yes, men in fatigues go after the plant). But he concluded with a message of hope, describing the work of RIPAC, an organization he co-founded which successfully helped Rhode Island legalize the medical use of marijuana. It was not only the content of his presentation that got us going, but the intensity of his voice and how it danced with his slides -- the hallmark of any successful PK presentation. What a wonderful volume 2, and I look forward to volume 3!

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Gender and the General Election

"Politicians do not put enough commitment to the issues that really affect women."In Gender and the General Election, from Huddersfield, Vol. 14, Coco Toma, Vice President Communication and Democracy at the Huddersfield Student Union, looks at developing women's engagement with politics in the 21st century. She takes us back in history to women's suffrage, and on through to the eyes of some of her hero's Rosa Parks, Aung San Suu Kyi, and others, discussing how they have helped been pioneers in many of the political issues woman have faced.