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What's the future of democracy?

We don’t know…

You tell us! 

What's the future of democracy?

We don’t know…

You tell us! 

What's the future of democracy?

We don’t know… 

You tell us! 

Learn about the past, present and future of Democracy with us

We’re a community of everyday people, from diverse backgrounds and rich life experiences. The thing we have in common is our interest and passion for Democracy.

Until May 2020, the Power to the People Study invites anyone with an interest, from anywhere in the world to become a ‘social citizen scientist’ and explore Democracy with us. Participate online, or face-to-face with your friends, neighbours and colleagues, wherever you are.

Together, we’ll explore history of democracy and discuss its present state. Then, we’ll imagine and test ways it might work differently in the future.

How to get involved​

Melbourne Knowledge Week 2019

The study was a launched as a part of MKW19 on May 26 . The ‘Power to the People Expo’ was a day of fun, play and interactive learning for all ages. The event was attended by approximately 100 families, many with young children. Many thanks to everyone who made the launch possible.

Become an online democracy hacker

Soon, we’ll launch online tools designed to help you participate, wherever you are. We’ll share online surveys, discussions and activities for you to contribute from the comfort of your smartphone. Participants from all over the world are welcome and encouraged to get involved. 

Research plan and advocacy

In early 2020, we hope to shine a light on what democracy means to people from all over the world, and share some collective wisdom around how it could be improved in the future. Let us know if you’re interested in the final results or would like to contribute.

Latest project news

Check out our blog for the latest news on the Power to the People study. Info about how to get involved and what’s happened so far will be posted regularly. Sign up for emails if you’d like to be updated automatically when news comes out. 

Contribute to our crowdfunding campaign

This research project is being supported by Future.Boutique a digital engagement agency based out of Melbourne, Australia. It’s a small agency – founded by Megan Girdler in 2017. Megan’s a passionate believer in to power of collaborative outcomes, and is dedicated to seeing the project through on a shoestring budget. 

That said, we’re running a crowdfunding campaign, because if the project is able to get more resources behind it – we’ll get greater reach. This will mean our data is more representative, and we can share the results more widely. 

Contributions will fund things like the Melbourne Knowledge Week event, and would allow us to do other fun projects later in 2019. 

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