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About Paul Hilder

Paul Hilder is co-founder of Crowdpac, 38 Degrees and openDemocracy. He has played leadership roles at, Avaaz and Oxfam, and was a candidate for general secretary of the Labour party.

Articles by Paul Hilder

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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Crowdpac is an open platform, and the new politics is coming

People with all kinds of perspectives are using our platform to open up politics.

Film: Steve Hilton vs Paul Hilder, the final EU debate

David Cameron's former adviser and openDemocracy's co-founder, both of Crowdpac, debate how to vote in the EU referendum the evening before polls open.

The breaking point of democracy: your country needs you

The European referendum represents a vital moment for British democracy.

DiEM25 in London

A video of the DiEM25 breakout session at the Another Europe is Possible Event in London.

Call for a People’s Campaign

We find ourselves at a crossroads. The path of our country and the character of our democracy will be shaped afresh in the coming months, for good or ill.

Weaving networks: the growing conversation of the world

Paul Hilder was co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of He is now Director of Campaigns for the UK arm of Oxfam, the global development movement.

The Madrid Call

In the week of the Madrid summit on democracy and terrorism, two global citizens say that talking is not enough.

Open parties? A map of 21st century democracy

The traditional political party is dying. Can it reinvent itself in a way that matches transformations of society, technology, and personal identity? Paul Hilder draws on global democratic experimentation to present a vision of the political party for an age of “open politics”.

The Amman roundtable, or people matter

Jordan’s capital was the venue of an international civil society conference that sought guidelines for a path to Middle East security in the recent experience of Europe. Paul Hilder, awed and excited by the challenge, was there.

Europe, Hungary is coming!

As Hungarians vote on whether to join the EU, we dive into their imaginations. What does enlargement mean at ground level? From a German factory in the north-east to the bustle of Budapest’s entrepreneurs, from hopes and fears to past terrors, Hungarian voices and stories jostle. In the corners of Europe, its futures can be glimpsed.

Caesar crosses the Rubicon

As the first war of the new era begins, the die is cast and War Fever peaks. Through the sandstorm and the summits, can we see our way toward responsibility and the Futures of Europe? From Cyprus to Malta and Belgrade to Finland, the wind is rising...

Which Europe do you want? A map of visions

If you don't know where to start in the European labyrinth, this might be a good place. What is Europe for? Which Europe do we want? As the European constitution is drafted, a bewildering variety of visions for the continent have been offered. Paul Hilder maps and clarifies the terrain.

Liberate Iraq on the world's terms

The slogan ‘No to war: No to Saddam!’ leaves the world polarised and incapable of concerted action. What would it take to reconfigure this crippling divide so that a clear choice helps the world move forward? Could the European Union’s foreign policy coordinator, Javier Solana, lead the way?

UN-Nato-EU: Do we have a clue?

The imminence of war is forcing decision – and division – across the continent. Writing updates almost daily, our Europe editor, looking out from central Europe to its southern and eastern frontiers, finds a shared panorama of concern: Iraq, the US, the uncertain future. The ground beneath Paul Hilder’s feet seems everywhere to rumble: what is Europe for?

Europe prophecies: slouching from Versailles?

What exotic beast is being cloned in the engine-rooms of Europe? Between the Convention's ambition and US disdain, Polish impatience and Franco-German amity, after the Copenhagen summit and before Iraq, the continent is again a field of passionate contest. openDemocracy's Europe editor says it is time for Europeans to unlock not just minds, but imaginations.

Sharon: after the ice age?

Since February 2001, Israel has been under the glacial spell of Ariel Sharon’s national unity government. With the fall of the coalition and the calling of new elections, politics has returned. Who will be the next Israeli prime minister – and will the turbulence bring peace, new savagery, or another ice age?

Professionals in Israel

A major Berlin exhibition on the architectural politics of Israel’s West Bank settlements has just been abruptly cancelled by the Israeli Association of United Architects. Paul Hilder tells a story of political censorship, intellectual complicity with power – and the ethical responsibility of true professionals.

The People vs Copyright - a primer

A three-part introduction: why debate copyright, what are the possible futures, and what’s the problem?

Making the space for creative dissent

The protest movements against global capitalism have mobilised the energies of a generation. But to change a system requires creative imagination as well as the power of numbers or ideas - and the sense of an alternative. The real debate is just beginning.
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