The current system of policy-making isn’t working. It’s either too partisan to address the big underlying problems we agree on, or too technocratic to find solutions that resonate for all. Our systems aren’t trusted to improve people’s lives.
At Demos we believe that there is a better way: one which puts people first to achieve fundamental and lasting change and overcome divisions. We call this collaborative democracy. As a genuinely cross-party think tank, we work with all parties and none to find solutions that work for more people.
Only by listening to people and building consensus can you find the ideas which will stand the test of time. We do this by applying the most innovative research methods to gather robust data and insights, we convene conversations that are both influential and inclusive, and we develop new ways to put people at the heart of policy making.
Our work focuses on:
- More relational public services, that can empower communities and prevent problems
- An inclusive economy, that benefits people more fairly
- A healthier digital ecosystem, that protects and promotes digital rights
- A trusted political system, that can tackle the big questions because it listens
Our research, policy and advocacy is based on cutting edge methods and participatory technology which goes further than traditional models of consultation. It seeks to find compromise, rather than stoke disagreement.