4. The Talking Shop©
A signposting/navigational democracy hub
The Talking Shop is where this all began & now I need to return and work out how to place The Democracy Box inside The Talking Shop.
As I researched democracy signposting the same thing came up time and time again which young people, old people and everyone in between say they want – face to face interaction. There’s nothing quite like stopping a stranger in the street and asking for directions when all else has failed.
Which took me right back to where I had begun and what I already knew when I began my Clwstwr research. We need a combination of the two. Live and digital. One without the other is not enough.
The Talking Shop which was piloted in 2019 in Cardiff and is due to reopen in early 2022. Inside the Talking Shop people asked if there was something people could just show me on their phone and inside the digital democracy box young people said over and over again that they would like to find this stuff out face to face. We need both.
We need A Talking Shop in each of the five lowest voter turn-out constituencies in Wales creating face to face voter engagement & a shop window for The Democracy Box.
I have already secured the first 10k grant towards this from the Cares Family and UnLtd and confirmed partners now include Cardiff Council, NTW and the Riverfront in Newport. Omidaze is part of the first Cares Family Multiplier Programme and have been awarded a small grant towards reopening & developing The Talking Shop in early 2022 and we delighted to be now working with academics at Aberystwyth and Swansea Universities led by Professor Anwen Elias (of Aberystwyth) exploring creative approaches to a Conversation with the Nation using The Democracy Box & Talking Shop models.
I am seeking partners and funding which will allow me to keep the Cardiff shop open for at least a year to give me time to create a blueprint so that the Talking Shop can be replicated in those 5 lowest voter turn-out constituencies & then across Wales and eventually the UK because as one visitor said in 2019
“Every Town needs a Talking Shop”
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