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uh, what is the structural barrier that you are challenging or tackling?
So, uh, at Scottish Foundation,
we'd like to replace the House of Lords with the House of
Citizens and the structural barriers for people engaging with the house.
Uh, House of Lords, as it currently exists, are hundreds of years old And are,
you know, really out of date, we've got bishops in there,
We've got hereditary peers, and we've got people who are nominated
by outgoing prime ministers, even if they're just there for 49 days. So
there's huge structural, uh,
reasons why that's not working and why those people are not in touch with their,
um the the people that they should be representing.
And what we would like to do is make it so that
the the replacement is 100% representative of, uh of the countries, uh,
of this of these nations.
Um uh, by having it done through sortition.
Which means people will be selected, um, based on demographics, geography,
all of those things, um,
to make sure that it's as representative uh as it possibly can be.
And people with lived experience will be in there.
Hearing from the experts um, and you get a a wider range of experts in there to, uh,
give them information that they can deliberate on.
Brilliant. Thank you. Uh, what can
individuals and organisations do to support your movement?
Uh, so, uh, you can sign up and join, uh, sortition Foundation.
Uh, we've got petitions running at the moment,
Um, and just, uh, advocate for, um, assemblies to be institutionalised, um,
and national level, but also locally.
Um, we need to as assemblies, uh, all over the place. More people are aware of them.
More people are engaged with them.
More people can see how positive the outcomes are of those liberations.
Amazing. Is there anything else that you want to share that I've not asked you about?
All right. Thank you very much.
Hi. Uh, my name is Lara
Parisotto for Migrant democracy Project. All right. It's so lovely to meet you.
Um, what is it that your what structural barrier is your project trying to tackle?
We are trying to tackle the structural exclusion
of millions of migrants from UK democracy.
Over a million people have no right to vote at all. Not even in local elections.
If they live in England or Northern Ireland and over
5 million don't have the right to vote in parliamentary elections
because of their nationality but because of where they're from.
But there are residents here in the UK. This is their home.
They live, they work,
they pay taxes but don't have any right
to decide who is making decisions affecting them.
And what is it that as individuals and
organisations we can do to support your movement
as well as that can be done? One.
There are a lot of migrants that are eligible to vote,
so EU and Commonwealth migrants do have the right to vote.
So if you know people around, you remind them that they can vote, uh,
and also help us extend the right to vote.
Talk to your MP to to councillors talk to any
elected representative about the importance of extending the franchise.
Scotland and Wales already have extended the franchise to every resident,
so it is possible here in England and Northern Ireland so more of more of
us talking about it and demanding this from
our elected representatives can make it happen.
Oh, that's amazing. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
OK, what is the Democracy network trying to tackle?
Uh so the Democracy network is basically trying to
achieve a democracy fit for the 21st century.
And what we mean by that
is people having more influence over the decisions that affect their
lives or of ability to elect and hold politicians to account
and more power over the resources in their local communities.
so we work together as a network.
So we we basically support other organisations to do that
with the belief that
working together we're stronger than the sum of our
And what is it that we, as citizens,
individuals or organisations can do to support the movement?
So I think the first thing is like, quite often people are feeling
low on hope
low entrust politics, ever delivering any kind of change.
And I think,
yes, there's a reason why people feel like that. But it's not a time to give up.
It's a time to say it's our democracy. It's our power.
This is our parliament. It
you know it is at the House of Commons. That means the house of the people.
So if it's our house then surely it's our job
somehow to try and make it more representative of us
and have more ownership of that place and more ownership once again
So I think it's firstly believing them is our politics and if we
believe it's ours and how do we take back control of it?
How do we take ownership of it?
How do we make it and start?
That might start from a
influence what's happening on a local level
all the way to How can I join campaigns? Join the
There are lots of organisations that are
trying to campaign for a stronger democracy,
making our voice heard
to achieve a change. We want to see
brilliant and we didn't discuss this, So sorry, curveball. But, um,
if we want to democratise our own kind of industries,
our organisations have you got any tips or about that or where we could go to find out?
Yeah, I think it's a really
hot question. Um because basically we have power inequalities even within our own.
We have power inequalities even within our own organisations,
you could look at the co op movement. How how? How are they doing things differently?
What does a democratic company look like?
trade unions, even in small organisations, Quite often we think, Oh, well,
we need to be big to have a union.
We don't have to. We can make sure that we've got like worker representation.
and I think it's about cultural change
around hierarchies. And
so, for instance,
an organisation that recruiting for a CEO is the
much is the workplace involved in that?
How much of the service users are involved in that?
So really thinking about how do we genuinely involve our stakeholders
in all the decisions that we make? So I think starting from there
the purpose of that
to your structures.
Thank you. Is there anything else you want to add?
No, just that you're doing a great job.