How to Live in the 21st Century was undertaken by the pressure group Compass: Direction for the Democratic Left. It sought to forge a new vision for the progressive left in Britain through a policy proposal competition.
How to Live in the 21st Century was a project undertaken by the pressure group Compass. It was a policy proposal competition that encouraged engagement and dialogue as part of a mission to forge a new progressive vision for Britain.
Compass initiated the How to Live in the 21st Century project as part of a drive to encourage openness and engagement in the public policy making process. Through an open competition, Compass hoped to forge a new progressive consensus and a new vision for Britain. Anyone could submit a policy proposal but the final decision regarding which to adopt would be undertaken by Compass members.
Individuals and organisations were invited to submit policy suggestions via a website or a paper-based form. These were then published online for Compass members to debate and scrutinise, whilst meetings were also held around the country to discuss them.
To reduce repetition, contributors were encouraged to interact with each other and merge proposals if necessary. Compass members were then asked to vote for their favourite policies which would then form the two top campaigning priorities.
Over 200 people participated in the exercise and a PDF about the initiative can be found here.
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Gather individual pre-existing opinions
Generate new ideas (innovation)
Create a shared vision amongst participants
Make a direct decision
Number of participants
Self selected participants attending as individuals (open access process)
Level of awareness and interest
participants know about some aspects/can roughly articulate some interest
participants are well informed and can articulate their interests
Crime and justice
Culture and arts
Environment and climate change
Health and well-being
Housing and Planning
Science and technology
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... online processes
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