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Notwestminster 2020: Big hearts and open minds

February 14 - February 15


Notwestminster returns on 14th & 15th February 2020
The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

Want to be part of a kinder, more constructive and more open local democracy? Notwestminster is the free annual event for everyone who has something positive to say about local democracy and anyone who is up for the challenge of making it better. If a kinder local democracy is your kind of democracy, come along to Notwestminster on 14th & 15th February 2020.

Big hearts, open minds

Our kind of democracy is human-scale. When we talk about local democracy, we mean the democracy that happens where we are, in our neighbourhoods and the places that we know. It is the democracy that we live and breathe, each and every day. It only lives when we have our hearts in it, and it only grows when we are open to thinking and doing in different ways.

Notwestminster took root in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield in 2015, and has grown into a community of people who give their time and attention to improving our local democracy in places across the UK.

Like everywhere, there are many different Huddersfields, and we have much to gain by looking at our local places through the experiences of others. Huddersfield is currently home to both Dr Who and the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, who has said “The Huddersfield that I like best is a large town with a big heart and an open mind”.

This is how we have come to think of Notwestminster over the years. It’s a welcoming place for an amazing variety of people, which only exists because of the generosity of our participants, where we make room for each other’s ideas and experiences, and where we are reminded that local democracy has a big heart.

You can come to Notwestminster to share your ideas and experiences, listen to others, learn new ways of doing things, be part of finding solutions to issues for our local democracy, bring your questions, share your aspirations, hear things that will spark your imagination, and meet lots of people who are at the heart of efforts to improve our local democracy, for everyone.

So if you’re open to our local democracy being what we want it to be, and if you’re up for the challenge of doing something to help make it happen, please join us at Notwestminster.

If a kinder local democracy is your kind of democracy, you’re in the right place.

Friday day: Democracy Solutions Day
Friday evening: pecha kucha (do a talk!)
Saturday day: main event (pitch a workshop idea by Dec 2nd!)



February 14
February 15




The Media Centre, Huddersfield
Northumberland Street
Huddersfield, HD1 1RL
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