Iceland’s Crowd Sourced Constitution

The Pots & Pans Revolution, Re-heated; Iceland’s Constitutional Comeback

The Pots & Pans Revolution, Re-heated; Iceland’s Constitutional Comeback Supported by the Scottish Government Speaker: Katrin Oddsdóttir – member of the Constitution Council of Iceland and political activist Respondent: Patrick Harvie – MSP, Glasgow, Green Chair: Lesley Riddoch, writer & broadcaster Tuesday 7 November 2017 – 1800-20.00 Scottish Storytelling Centre Edinburgh Iceland’s Crowd Sourced Constitution was kicked into touch by politicians in 2011 — but it’s making a comeback. Katrin Oddsdóttir was one of 25 members of the Constitution Council of Iceland, which drafted the new constitution in a process recognised worldwide for its emphasis on democratic methods and social media tools. The draft constitution contains clauses on environmenta...Read More

The Nordic Phoenix Rises – Digital Notes

The Nordic Phoenix Rises – Digital Notes Harpa and the cultural revival of Iceland Halldór Guðmundsson — Director Harpa concert hall and conference centre, publisher & biographer of Nobel winning writer Halldor Laxness & author Wir sind alle Isländer on the Iceland crash Weds April 23rd 2014 Committee Room 2, Scottish Parliament 6-8pm Hosted by Linda Fabiani MSP Chaired by journalist and NH Director Lesley Riddoch Background. The new centrepiece of the Reykjavik skyline is Harpa, a magnificent concert hall which opened in 2011 — against all the odds. In 2008 it was part of a doomed waterfront redevelopment including a 400-room hotel, luxury flats, shops, restaurants, and new bank headquarters. The quarter-built project went on hold once the financial crisis hit an...Read More

The Writing of the new Icelandic Constitution

The Writing of the new Icelandic Constitution This was a great meeting on March 29th 2012 in Parliament with Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason who won the highest number of votes in elections for the Commission to write Iceland’s “crowd sourced” constitution. The ICC had no elected politicians – now the Icelandic Parliament are chewing over the radical changes a referendum to approve the constitution will take place on the same day in June as Presidential elections ( boosting turnout) or later in the autumn. Thor said many memorable things during the event – not least that he thinks anyone wanting an independent Scotland should consider handing the task of creating a new Constitution for Scotland to the people and should start the process now. Presentation You can liste...Read More


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