Reporter author campaigner
Championing deeper democracy
About the author
Patrick Chalmers is a Scottish journalist, author and university lecturer who, above all, is also a passionate campaigner for way deeper democracy. This site provides a taste of what he’s up to and how he works. More than anything, it’s an open invitation to potential partners to make contact, to share ideas and to imagine, and build together, far fairer, more inclusive ways of public decision-making.
The vision driving his work is one of public decision-making processes that reflect citizens’ informed views by way of responsive, transparent, accountable and inclusive processes.
Fraudcast News: "A revealing insight into why the media are failing to inform the public about some of the most fundamental and important challenges facing us today."
, Founder of Positive Money
Patrick Chalmers gives an insider’s account of our media’s complicity with power.
An ex-Reuters reporter, he relates how getting into and out of conventional journalism opened his eyes to the realities of his chosen career.
On the way he found how mainstream media, including his former employer, were far from being the public watchdogs of power they like to pretend. Quite the opposite – the bulk of their work blinds people to their powerlessness in the face of modern politics, at every layer of government.
Yet this is a hopeful story, including a plan for how people can make their own media and lay claim to their political voices.
Way Deeper Democracy
Public decision-making processes reflect citizens’ informed views by way of responsive, transparent, accountable and inclusive processes. Political systems at all levels of government are profoundly more trustworthy and fit for purpose, easing societal tensions, fears and frustration.