Who we are
Change Politics is a public awareness and advocacy campaign all about Citizens’ Assemblies. We’re non-partisan, and policy agnostic. Essentially what we care (and advocate about) is a better way to make decisions. We’re philanthropically funded through the newDemocracy Foundation (you can read more about them below).
Polly is our creator. She once thought that maybe she’d like to be in politics because she was so frustrated by it but found newDemocracy and realised even if she was elected she’d still be stuck in a dysfunctional system – so now she’s putting her mind to changing it. She’s a certified mediator and facilitator and ultimately believes in the power that emerges when you bring people together so they can solve things themselves.
Kyle is the brains trust here. A walking political barometer, he spends his time deep in blogs and weird parts of Twitter where they talk about electoral map redistributions, forecasting and sometimes football. Ask him about synthetic freedom if you want to really open the can of worms. He would probably be nerding on policy somewhere but chanced upon newDemocracy fresh out of Uni and now firmly believes Citizens’ Assemblies are the future.
Claudia Chwalisz leads the OECD’s work on innovative citizen participation, which explores how to bring public judgement to democracy to improve public decision making, and how to strengthen society’s democratic fitness.
Art O’Leary was Secretary General to the President of Ireland and designed and ran the 2012 Irish Constitutional Convention. That project blended MPs and citizens together in one assembly which led politicians to understand and trust the process – resulting in the ongoing use of the method in Ireland for major issues.
Elizabeth Proust is one of Australia’s most respected business leaders – Chairman of Cuscal, non-executive director of Lendlease and Chairman of SuperFriend. Notably, Elizabeth was one of the first to comment (years ago!) on the need for Australia to do democracy better.
The newDemocracy Foundation is a charity founded to research and develop democratic innovations. They operate Citizens’ Assemblies of the highest quality and do research and evaluation of projects world wide.