Improving ways for citizens to participate in creating our future

Developing a program for more open and responsive relationships with our representatives

Supporting citizens to better use and change the political system

2019 Action Foci

  • ongoing work with the ACT government and citizen groups to get our voice heard in decisions through evaluating and advocate for more ACT mini-public trials
  • building the resources ‘library’ for members and the public
  • working between academe and the public on bringing participatory and deliberative theory into practice
  • analysing and building on the 2016 Candidate Statements to understand the MLAs’ view on representation
  • convening a citizens’ group to discover our view on how a good representative works for us
  • promote this conversation across the electorates
  • plan action for the 2020 election
  • promoting our Kitchen Table Conversations (KTCs) Tool Kit for community groups
  • engage and work with community groups to enhance their campaign objectives

Upcoming Events

  1. CAPAD Committee Meeting

    27 November @ 19:15 - 20:00

Getting the democracy we want: how community action can transform democracy

Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 2.00 – 3.30pm

followed by a short AGM and afternoon tea at St James Uniting Church in Curtin

People everywhere are questioning what is happening to democracy and how governments could better work with “We, the people”. Some have called the current failures of trust and integrity a “democratic recession”.

CAPaD is a community group committed to making democracy work better in the ACT, though citizen deliberation and action. We believe ordinary people working together can transform democracy.

Come and hear from someone at the centre of transformation in the Federal electorate of Indi about how they transformed democracy there through the actions of people in their community, and the lessons they have learnt.

We will then explore ideas for democratic renewal in the ACT, and actions we can take as individuals and in our groups and associations.

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Come and participate in an important CAPAD conversation
Bring your ideas, bring your friends!

Deliberate ACT

Exploring how citizens and governments can better deliberate and decide together.