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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Lecture: 'UK referendum on Europe: could the public decide?'

Weds 20 May, 6-8pm The Open University, London

» Part of the CCIG Lecture series on 'Being on the line: citizenship, identities and governance in times of crises'. Keynote given by Kesi Mahendran. This event provides an opportunity to debate the UK referendum on Europe and explore social psychological research on how we, the public, debate big political questions.


Job: Publishing and Technical Coordinator

openDemocracy is seeking a full-time Publishing and Technical Coordinator, £25,000 - £28,000 pa depending on experience. Application deadline: Friday 5th December.

Editor-in-Chief, openDemocracy

The Board of openDemocracy seeks a dynamic and gifted individual to be its next Editor-in-Chief (EiC).

Once I Entered a Garden: a foretaste of the 2014 Open City Docs documentary film festival, with Israeli filmmaker, Avi Mograbi

openDemocracy welcomes a new cooperation with Open City Docs Fest, which is showing Avi Mograbi's latest film, Once I Entered a Garden (Nichnasti pa’am lagam) next Monday, in London's Clapham Picturehouse, where he will be in conversation with Seth Anziska. Here, watch two clips, as Avi Mograbi tells us about his latest film.

Democratic Wealth: free e-book on building a citizens' economy

openDemocracy and Politics in Spires (hosted by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge) publishes an e-book on building an economy that serves the common good. The collection of essays from around the globe explores a renewed interest in the republican tradition.

openSecurity Lead Editor (fixed term contract)

Full-time role as openSecurity Lead Editor. Application deadline: 12 noon, September 20th.  

Being policed: a UK traveller speaks

A Dale Farm resident speaks of his experience of being policed, in the latest interview in search of security from the 'Whose police?' series

Do you want to work for openDemocracy?

Full-time role as Head of Operations, based in London. Max £35,000 pa depending on experience. Application deadline: September 6.  

The Power of Protest: September 17th - 23rd on openDemocracy

Cynthia Weber reflects on the first year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, Imad Mansour voices a plea for the role of intellectuals in the Arab Spring, Vivenne Matthies-Boon’s offers an analysis of the entrenchment of the ‘clash of civilisation’ discourse, while Sara Azmeh Rasmussen calls for Muslims to embrace reason within Islam and accept the fallibility of the prophet.

Back2Black Festival tickets to be won

Three days of live music with an eclectic line up of over twenty African, Brazilian & international artists across 3 stages, including host Gilberto Gil. Featuring Macy Gray, Roots Manuva, Hugh Masekela, Jorge Ben Jor, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force, Toumani Diabate, Fatoumata Diawara & many more... Plus talks and debates with leading writers and thinkers including Nigeria's Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Paulo Lins, author of City of God; workshops, craft market, Brazilian & African food and drink available throughout. 29 June - 1 July 2012 Old Billingsgate Market, London, EC3 UK. All you have to do for a chance to win one of three pairs of Saturday tickets is send an email with 'Back2Black' in the subject heading to and your name could be pulled out of a virtual hat on 28.06.12.

Welcome to the new look site

Today we unveil a redesign of the openDemocracy site. We encourage you to wander around and provide us with your thoughts, impressions and suggestions so that we can continue to build openDemocracy as a free and open resource of news and opinion for the world to share.

Administration & Finance Manager, openDemocracy

Salary £22,000-£25,000 pa, depending on experience. This is offered initially as a one-year contract.

openDemocracy wishes to appoint an experienced administrator who will manage day to day company organisation, including bookkeeping and financial management. The role is full time and based in London - CLOSED

Are we all neon lights? A conversation with Luis de Miranda

An openDemocracy event on Friday, March 2nd 2012 7-9pm at The Hub, Kings Cross

Your relationship with openDemocracy

openDemocracy is launching an exciting new initiative in December 2011, the last month of our tenth anniversary year. Help support oD and its great writing by joining as a Member or Friend today.

Daniel Swift reads from Bomber County

Bomber County—The Poetry of a Lost Pilot's War is the title of the first book by Daniel Swift, assistant professor of English at Skidmore College. Part memoir (Swift's grandfather was a British bomber in WWII) and part literary criticism, the book is an investigation into the poetry and bombing campaigns of the Second World War. Swift read selections from his book September 29, 2011 at Skidmore College.

So goes California, so goes the nation?

The city of Oakland in California has become the militant heart of the occupations movement in the US following a brutal police crackdown. Alex Andrews for openDemocracy talks to Brad Johnson, an activist who lives and works in Oakland, about the events there, the general strike called by the occupation and the prospects of the movement internationally.

openDemocracy is launching a new Friends scheme

To be independent and influential openDemocracy must stand on its own feet. Yet it is an important principle that openDemocracy is free to read for anyone around the world, whether rich or poor. It follows that those who read and use openDemocracy should volunteer some of the costs, with other income from advertising and the independent sections. With a total budget of £300,000 compared to the millions spent by comparable magazines and websites, this does not need to be much.

Professor Wangari Maathai speaks

Professor Maathai, noted activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, presents her message to the third international Nobel Women's Initiative gathering, focusing on ending sexual violence in conflict. (Video)

Aung San Suu Kyi on sexual violence in conflict

Nobel Peace Laureate and honorary member of the Nobel Women's Initiative, Aung San Suu Kyi, sends her support to the 120 women gathering for the Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict conference. (Video)

Dictionary of ethical politics down for maintenance

The Dictionary will be back after maintenance. Any inquiries to:

Statement of Principles

openDemocracy's editorial practice

The coalition agreement

The coalition agreement as published in the Lib Dem site

Do not disparage human rights - a letter to British party leaders

A group of foundations and philanthropists who are members of Ariadne – the European wide network of human rights funders – have issued an open letter to politicians and party leaders asking for thoughtful, accurate and truthful consideration of human rights issues in the run up to the UK general election

Ofcom's ruling on Channel 4's "UK Israel Lobby" program: Not in Breach

Ofcom received 50 complaints about Channel 4's program on the UK Israel Lobby for which openDemocracy published the pamphlet. It was alleged that the program was biased, anti-semitic and poor journalism. Ofcom found none of these complaints to be grounded. We reproduce the ruling below.

'Go ahead George, change it all': George Papandreou interviewed

This interview took place over five years ago and was first published on 6 - 12 - 2004. Greece’s former foreign minister had taken over the leadership of Pasok a few weeks before the elections of March 2004. The party lost, removing it from power. Here he  tells openDemocracy’s Anthony Barnett of his ambitious plans to reinvent the way democratic politics is conducted at the start of his long road back. He lost the next general election in 2007 but won a convincing victory in 2009.
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