Political innovations – how to draft an introductory essay

We’re looking for short-ish essays on the subject of ‘a political innovation I would like to propose’.

We love open-source thinking

These should not be longer than 450 words. We are looking for innovations that will not be rejected out-of-hand by readers of any of our partner blogs – either Left Foot Forward or Lib-Dem Voice, The Daily Telegraph website or any of the other sites that get involved with the project. All of these sites will either be carrying the final essays or reviewing them in some way.

We acknowledge that there are important innovations that wouldn’t be accepted by a sizeable part of the political class, but we’re keen to find ideas that will not meet this kind of resistance.Your idea must go beyond saying ‘it would be nice if someone would…’ – instead, it has to propose a course of action. Say what action you want to take and what kind of collaborators – what skill-sets – you are looking for. Use as many links as you like to make your point, and remember, evangelism is important. You will need to really sell your idea if you want to inspire others to work with you on it.

We will invite essayists to present their ideas at public events in the autumn and you will be able to use these sessions to recruit partners, collaborators, sponsors or even customers for your idea. Our aim is to give practical expression to political innovations – ideas that can game-change politics – get it out of one of the many cul-de-sacs that it has allowed itself to be backed into.

Please e-mail your draft essay to Mick Fealty using this spam-proof link or call us to sound your idea out. Once we’ve looked at it, we’ll send you instructions on how you can post it all.

About Paul Evans

Living in London but working all over Britain and Ireland, Paul is the curator of the Political Innovation project. On twitter as @paul0evans1, blogging mainly at the Local Democracy blog and working mostly for Memeserver Ltd.
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