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Links to Resources and Organisations

  • Participedia : Strengthening democracy through shared knowledge: a list of hundreds of participatory experiments and experiences across the world.
  • Precariat : a social class formed by people with little or no predictability or security in their lives, and no job security. Ascribed to the entrenchment of neoliberal capitalism.

  • Museum of Australian Democracy : in Old Parliament House. How our democracy is and how it could be.
  • Australia21 : an independent research organisation focusing on real-world problems, sometimes called “wicked,” facing Australia.
  • Reconnecting, Locally : successfully reclaiming democracy in Victoria.
  • Sydney Alliance : a diverse coalition using community organising to make Sydney a better place to live.
  • newDemocracy Foundation : innovating in how we do democracy in Australia.
  • Living Room Conversations : Open your ears. Open your mind. Open your home.
  • Fair Go for Canberra : a community-driven campaign enabling Canberrans to defend themselves from the Federal Liberal Government.
  • Active Democracy : Lyn Carson, University of Sydney. Aims to promote the greatest amount possible of public participation in decision-making.
  • They Vote For You : how does your MP vote on issues that matter to you?
  • Your SAy : citizen input into South Australian government decisions.

  • Industrial Areas Foundation : the USA’s largest and oldest network for citizen leadership development.
  • Citizens UK : organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good.
  • The Citizen’s Handbook : a mine of resources for community organising, creating a community project, change, participation and deliberation.
  • Project for Public Spaces : a nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities.
  • Democracy Collaborative : a new economic vision of shared ownership and control to foster equitable and inclusive outcomes, ecological sustainability, and flourishing democratic and community life.
  • Liquid Democracy : implementing the system of “transitive delegation.”
  • Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) : building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the support of local institutions, ABCD draws upon community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities.
  • V-Dem, Varieties of Democracy : user-driven graphical displays of data relating to democratic principles (electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative, egalitarian, majoritarian, consensual) in all countries since 1900.
  • They Rule : a glimpse of some of the relationships within the US ruling class of corporate directors.
  • Transforming Democracy in Indonesia, the Presencing Institute.
  • RSA, 21st century enlightenment. The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate — creating fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.
  • People Power Manual : a resource for activist educators, created to support facilitators and educators working to help local action groups and social movements win environmental and social justice goals.
  • Rebranding Dissent : ways democracy is being neutered, dissent demonised, governance professionalised.
  • Simplicity Institute : forming resilient, egalitarian and rewarding societies based on material sufficiency and renewable energy.
  • ABC Radio National : How to reinvigorate democracy, with Jonathan Green. Discusses participatory and deliberative democracy, plebiscites, referenda. (MP3 audio file, 16m 50s)


  • Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) : basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all citizens on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement.