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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The constitutional turn: liberty and the co-operative state

The Anglo-American left needs to start taking constitutional change seriously.

Democratic Socialism: Why the Left should demand a new Constitution

Even if Bernie Sanders in 2016 and Jeremy Corbyn in 2017 did not win their respective elections, they showed that democratic socialism is back as an electorally viable proposition. The financial crisi...

The choice before the Labour party

Does Labour wish to fight for a better deal within the system, or change the system?

A roadmap for the BBC’s support of local journalism

Instead of strengthening the UK’s local news monopolies, here’s how the BBC could support civic journalism.

Corbyn should support a convention parliament or he will fail

If Jeremy Corbyn wins the Labour leadership he should try to reach agreement with all progressive groups for an electoral pact aimed at creating a constitutional convention in the new parliament, only this will build on the energy his candidacy has inspired.

The Public and the Public Interest

A journalism fund, financed by levying the profits of incumbent media companies, could transform local and investigative journalism in Britain. Such a move has the support of the public. 

A post-broadcast BBC: time for the public to speak?

‘Digital public space’ is an inspiring vision of the future of the BBC. Its full realisation, however, demands greater public input in the allocation of the corporation’s resources. 

The Magic Kingdom: republican reform of the British constitution

It's time to remake the British state.

On (not) telling the Scots what to do

To be free of Westminster's distant and venal elite is something the English should support - if the Scots can manage it, perhaps one day England might too.

The Co-operative Group and the commons

The Co-operative Group is already a force for good in the UK and it could become the basis for a much more equitable and dynamic economy. But a combination of mismanagement and scandal has raised pressing questions about its structure. Dan Hind sets out some proposals for reform.

Ostrom and the Commons

Elinor Ostrom's studies of commons-based social organization have important lessons for those looking to develop new commons, online and elsewhere. Here Dan Hind sets out some key findings from her work, and sketches some of the implications.

This is what 21st century unionism should look like

The pooling of democratic funds should not be funnelled exclusively into any single party, particularly one so frequently hostile to worker's interests. Instead union funds should be dispersed to projects outside Westminster, chosen and allocated by their members. This could transform the role of Britain's unions.

When we talk about the Internet, we are talking about the bone marrow of contemporary monopoly capitalism

In a wide-ranging interview, the author and media reform activist Robert W. McChesney discusses the political economy of the Internet, the crisis in contemporary journalism, and the struggle to create a media system equal to the needs of democracy.

Welcome to the digital commons

openDemocracy calls itself a digital commons - but what does that really mean - and is it a sustainable model in a digital landscape dominated by tech giants? Dan Hind starts a conversation on digital commons and what they offer the future of the internet.

What if they held a constitutional convention and everybody came?

Across Britain a variety of people and alliances are seeking to respond to Westminster's strategy of economic austerity and political stasis, and calls are made for both a constitutional convention and a People's Assembly. Can they unite economic protest with change to the political system itself?

Welcome to UKOGBANI!

As more evidence of royal interventions in the British political system emerge, we should consider how public support for monarchy could be reconciled with radical constitutional change. What would a republican monarchy look like?

OurBeeb forum session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

The second session of OurBeeb’s day-forum at King’s College London asked Gerald Kaufman, Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett to present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC, fit for the digital age. 

Britain, become a republic! You can even keep the Queen!

Britain has been fooled. Told that 'republicanism' just meant sacking the monarchy, the British have missed its radical vision for the future. We interview the author of a new pamphlet that seeks to ignite the flame.

The BBC: above reproach, or beyond reach?

How well do the BBC's publicly stated methods of accountability stand up? They were recently outlined by the BBC Trust here on ourBeeb; Dan Hind delves beneath the rhetoric and finds a consistent lack of clarity and openness.

A corporation run by bankers, not journalists: who are the BBC Trust?

Private industry is extremely well represented among the Beeb's trustees and directors, from bankers to energy and security firm executives. How does this square with the BBC's public service remit?

An open letter to Lord Patten: give the people some say over how our affairs are reported

The BBC has failed to act in the public interest when addressing several of the last decade's most important stories, each of them involving corruption among Britain's elites. In an open letter to the BBC Chairman, Dan Hind proposes a radical new solution

“I demand to know what you’re demanding!”: remarks on programme at #OccupyLondon

The political class want the London occupation to make demands of them - but the protestors aren't accepting this power dynamic. They are instead assembling publics: the first step towards understanding the present and building for a better future.

Talk Amongst Yourselves

As a movement to occupy the centre of financial districts including the City of London spreads, here is a practical guide to the ideals of deliberation that lie behind it, inspired by Madrid

The Hunt Trap: the UK's minister of culture wants to disable democratic debate of the media

The Levenson Inquiry has been created to look at the media in Britain. Many want to seize the opportunity to limit the influence of those like Murdoch. Now the Tory minister has brought the BBC into play. Democrats should beware of resisting this, if so they will be trapped and destroyed. The BBC is indeed a monopoly provider even if its publicly own and regulated in 'the public interest'. Now, the public should have a say in what this interest is.

Media Reform: The time is now, and a new group are seizing the opportunity

The News of the World hacking scandal has given Britain an opportunity to reform its media. openDemocracy has joined a broad group of organisations and individuals who have come together to help develop a democratic media with the public interest at its heart

The need for greater plurality of British media ownership

We should embrace plurality in our debates about media reform and create a new system of inquiry responsive to the wishes of a commissioning public

The BBC Investigates

The BBC has not covered itself in glory in its handling of the scandal at the News of the World in keeping with its poor record in investigative journalism.

A blueprint for a democratic media system

Dan Hind’s most recent book, The Return of the Public, argues that only direct participation in editorial decision-making by the public will allow us to understand the social world. Here he explains how a democratic media system would work in practice

Power and the Media in Britain - where do we go from here?

The media are a power in their own right, and are connected to political, economic and social forms of power. OurKingdom launches a new debate to probe this relation, with an aim to discover what we want from our British media - and how to get it

The Media, the crisis, and the crisis in media

The financial crisis and a series of aggressive wars have demonstrated beyond doubt how prevailing forms of media ownership in the west serve to buttress the power of elites and marginalise alternatives to the status quo. A system of public commissioning, which gives citizens the power to decide which issues are the subject of journalistic investigation, has the potential to reframe the terms of debate and make policy-making more democratic and accountable.
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