Become part of an ‘Our Star Cluster’
In addition to the associates who hosted Our Star in 2023, we anticipate many other groups and organisations will also want to take part in the ‘Choosing Our Future’ campaign to increase the number and range of voices expressing their views. Hence, we plan to create ‘Our Star Clusters‘ that include many supporting groups in each area, who will share the hosting of the two Stars (the larger Senior Star and smaller Junior Star) for a period of 4-6 weeks and aim that all groups would then participate in the discussion events and help build the strength of the campaign.
We expect that 2 or 3 ‘Treks’ will be undertaken in 2024, so all interested groups can be assured of being visited as we seek to ensure that national coverage is achieved during the year.
Discussing our Future in 2024
The primary aim of the proposed Treks in 2024 is to initiate meaningful discussions of the future in a manner that reflects full-scale Citizens Assemblies. Such Assemblies, bring together groups of ordinary citizens to consider in-depth specific topics to establish a future direction, preference or policy. They were first used in Ancient Greece and were the basis of the first ‘democracy’.
The use of Citizens’ Assemblies is now used in the EU, following the Conference on the Future of Europe (see here for details) stands in stark contrast to the anti-democratic actions taken in the last couple of years by the Government in the UK. A primary objective of this campaign is to initiate a number of similar forums to encourage greater understanding, desire and involvement in such direct democracy to the UK.
At each of the campaign locations visited by Our Star, an objective will be to establish local Forums as constituents of a more formal ‘Cluster Assembly’, thus enabling and encouraging a wide-ranging debate on the future during the 2024. This will use the device of the FutureScope to help analysis and context. In parallel to the ‘Senior’ Forums, we suggest some are designated as ‘Junior’ Forums for the younger generation to voice their views and priorities, and these will again feed into the Cluster Assembly.
As these events develop, the local opinions and the outputs from each of them could then be consolidated and published as indicating the ‘Future for the People’. With the significant input from both young and old, and we hope that media coverage, and eventually public opinion, should begin to influence party policies.
Contact Us to Join the Campaign
If you are interested in joining the Campaign and hosting one of ‘Our Stars’, find out about joining the campaign here.
Or send an email to the address below, identifying the group, your location and providing contact email addresses of two nominated contacts, to receive an information pack.: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to events within the Campaign, other compatible (EU focussed) activities and proposals, including corporate sponsorship and arts or music events, (e.g. Festival of Europe) will also be considered as they can add to the groundswell of opinion, particularly amongst the younger generation, that is one of our aims.
If you want to contribute to, or support the next Trek in 2024, then please make a donation here.
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