25/9 Flatpack Democracy

On 7 May, a small Somerset town voted against traditional party politics and gave a coalition of independents control of all 17 seats on its council.

Pic of Frome Indys

As the crucible of ‘flatpack democracy’, Frome is leading a small-scale political revolution – and it’s one that is spreading.

What can we in Brighton learn from the experience of the Frome Independents and other grassroots movements that have transformed local democracies and which technological tools might be helpful?

This participatory day will see Peter Macfadyan (Flatpack Democracy, The Frome Independents) joining us with a range of other speakers and organisations.


For more information on the success of the Frome Independents, check out the Guardian article here.

Running Order for the Day

Time What’s on Comments
10.00 Registration opens Inform people that the apps will be available all day to try out and give feedback
10.15 – 11.15 Speed networking Say-something-selfie
11.30 – 1pm Beyond Facebook? What technological tools and skills do we need, to help evolve the new democracy we want? Format: 6 speakers have 5 minutes each, followed by questions

Chair = Introduction Daniel Bernstein 5 mins

Luke Flegg (ChangeTheFuture)

Lucy Robinson (People’s Republic B&H)

Lucy Hall (Independent candidate https://lucy4baos.wordpress.com/ ) 5  mins

Anthony Zacharzewski (Demsoc) 5 mins

Celia Wilson (Women’s Equality Party)

Colin Miller (Compass Brighton & Hove)

Q&A 30 mins, and opportunity try some out some tools.

1-1.30 Break Food
1.30 – 2.30 Flatpack Democracy Frome   Peter Macfadyan – Flatpack Democracy founder will speak  about what happened in Frome

30 mins discussion in small goups

15 mins feedback

2.30-3 Break
3 – 5.30pm Flatpack Democracy Brighton (Part 2)   What do we need to do to create the changes we want in Brighton & Hove?   What new social networks and technological tools might help us?

The discussion will be a chance to experience OpenSpaceship – the unique Open Space Technology style meeting. The question (above) will be the topic, but the agenda discussions are set by you. What is important for you? Feel empowered with others to try and help make a difference.

5.30-6 Action summary Conclusions.


For the other tips, please visit the Transition Network website here.

Afterparty, from 9pm til late. Price £5 / 3 concs.

Banco de Gaia (Frome) –  Last Train to Lhasa to 25th Anniversary Set.


After a huge success with his debut album Maya and a European tour with Transglobal Underground, Toby Marks continued searching for new inspirations and began working on tracks for a new album. He joined The Tibet Support Group, a part of International Tibet Independence Movement and the decision of the Chinese government to build the Qingzang railway between the cities of Xining and the Tibetan capital of Lhasa inspired the title of one of the tracks. This later became the title of the whole album and Marks used the album’s cover to highlight the plight of the Tibetan people under Chinese occupation. It’s been 20 year since the ground breaking album hit the top 30 UK album charts and Banco de Gaia will playing a number of exclusive Live and DJ shows to celebrate this. We are very fortunate to have Toby join us at the Synergy Centre.

Kakatsitsi, Master Drummers from Ghana

Fresh from their acclaimed appearance at WOMAD, the Kakatsitsi Drummers return to base with their traditional set of funky, accessible Ghanaian dance grooves played on a wide variety of West African drums, accompanied by 4 part harmony traditional chants.

Paradox – The One Legged, Existentialist Beat Poet

“Anyone can do light and superficial or Deep and heavy, but Chris manages to pull off that rare combination of light and deep”

Chris Paradox  – your friendly neighbourhood One-legged Existentialist Stand-up Beat-Poet & Inspiration Engineer. Creator of The Art of Meaning course which has empowered over 2000 people live more fulfilling and meaningful lives. A Huffington Post contributor and facebook provocateur, triggering shadow projections and liberating insights with equal relish, Chris asks the questions no one else is asking and suggests paradoxical solutions to problems no one else is solving. Most importantly, he’ll make you giggle while he does so.