Demos-speak

Obviously, there's a balance to be found between direct forms of address and firm conclusions, particularly when communicating with the media, but it's possible that we're rhetorically contradicting ourselves. At the simplest level it's worth considering how we present Demos ideas: 'Demos argues'; 'Demos asserts'; 'Demos concludes'; 'Demos believes'; 'Demos thinks'; etc. Rushkoff's version was along the lines of: 'Demos proposes ...

Posted by on 22 Oct 2003
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Wither the Creative Classes?

From the pieceIn Rajhastan, travelling storytellers go from village to village, unannounced, and simply start a performance when they arrive. Although each story has a familiar plot - the story telling tradition dates back thousands of years - each event is unique. Prompted by the storytellers, who hold up pictorial symbols on sticks, the villagers interact with the story. They joke, interject, and sometimes argue with the storyteller. They are part of the performance. Hearing about these sto...

Posted by on 21 Oct 2003
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London Calling

Yes, it's another Demos report about mobile phones! Building on the stormin' success of James Harkin's Mobilisation, this new pamphlet sets out the agenda for m-government in London and urges local authorities to welcome mobile as a major platform for delivering services and communicating with citizens. The m-future is in our hands (indeed at our thumbs) and we can shape it to serve the public interest if we take the time to develop the right strucutres of governance. To adapt a p...

Posted by on 20 Oct 2003
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Jane Perrone, The Guardian 16.10.03

Demos opens up Demos has gone open source. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the political think tank is putting more than 150 books and essays online in a bid to allow the viral spread of its ideas. The fully searchable archive is arranged around five themes: democracy, learning, enterprise, global change and quality of life. Among the works available without the usual copyright restrictions are the writings of Zygmunt Bauman, Roger Scruton and David Blunkett, plus a recent paper by Douglas...

Posted by James Page on 16 Oct 2003
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Upwardly Mobile

Next week we'll mainly be doing mobile phones. We'll be launching London Calling: How mobile technologies will transform our capital city in erm.. London on Monday 20th October - a few places still available so email if you'd like to come. Then I'll be the support act to Will Davies of the Work Foundation at a talk at the RSA on Wednesday 22 October about how and why we communicate. My bit will focus on what mobile brings to the mix.

Posted by Paul Miller on 13 Oct 2003
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The eagle has landed

So Douglas Rushkoff has arrived to, 'try and tickle us into thinking a bit'. We've just had a great session here in the office on what open source might mean for us as an organisation. Douglas reckons, 'Demos should be a demo for a process of collaborative idea creation and decision making' and a 'play space for policymaking '. We're not ordering in one of those coloured ball pit things quite yet, but I know what he means.

Posted by Paul Miller on 09 Oct 2003
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ENTER THE CYBER-CANDIDATES

In advance of discussions tomorrow with Douglas Rushkoff, this article by Henry Jenkins is worth a read. It explores how Howard Dean and others are using the internet to rewrite the rules of US politics. And of course, it's worth remembering that we're still just at the beginning of this process. I was at a talk last night by Peter Schwartz to mark the launch of his new book 'Inevitable Surprises', during which he mentioned that only 14% of people in the US have got broadband...

Posted by on 08 Oct 2003
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Open Source Democracy

If you've had a look at our home page you'll know that Douglas Rushkoff has written a piece for Demos called Open Source Democracy. As a bit of a first for the Greenhouse, we encourage you to download it, have a read and then use the comments box on this posting to tell us what you think. Douglas will hopefully be getting involved too, responding to your ideas and thoughts.

Posted by Paul Miller on 06 Oct 2003
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Unintended consequences

Over the last few years, the government has tried to reform and reinvigrate local government. One of the ways of doing it was to introduce cabinet-style local authorities with or without executive mayors. I was speaking to a young local councillor recently who said the new system was demoralising him and his peers. Under the old system, every councillor had a say, and sat on at least one committee where they cut their teeth. Now everything gets decided by a small number of older cabinet membe...

Posted by John Holden on 01 Oct 2003
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Demos on a Disc

If you were at Labour Party Conference you might have a had a surprise waiting for you in your hotel room. Demos on a Disc is a CD-ROM which includes every Demos publication from the last ten years (we reach the grand old age of 10 next week). We've already had some nice things said about it, but if you got a copy in Bournemouth tell us what you think in the comments below.

Posted by Paul Miller on 01 Oct 2003
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