Our democracy is in crisis. MPs fiddle while the planet burns. Our rights and freedoms are under attack. Bankers blow billions and the taxpayer foots the bill. We can't go on like this.
We need a healthy democracy that works for all of us and not just a powerful few. POWER2010 exists to help create it. It gives you the chance to have your say on how our democracy works so that together we can change it for the better.
Do you want cleaner funding? Fairer voting? More accountability? You decide. Tell us your ideas for changing the way we run our country. Those with most support will become the POWER2010 Pledge and the focus for our national campaign at the next election.
POWER2010 is a unique campaign to give everyone the chance to have a say in how our democracy works for us.
What is different about POWER2010 is that you're in the driving seat. We're not asking you to back our goals. We're asking you to help create them.
At the next election we will work to ensure every candidate commits to the reforms you most want to see as part of a nation-wide campaign to reinvigorate our democracy from the bottom up.
We were all outraged over MPs' expenses. But this scandal was only a symptom of a much bigger problem. Simply cleaning up the expenses system and sacrificing a few token offenders is not enough to fix our broken politics.
The serious challenges we face today, from climate change and financial breakdown, to attacks on our civil liberties, can only be tackled with a healthy democracy that works for all of us and not just a powerful few.
But it is already too late for this set of MPs. They lack the time and the will to make the kind of changes that are needed.
With only months until the next election we must now focus all our efforts on ensuring that the next Parliament is a reforming one. POWER2010 is designed to do just that.
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust supported the initial, charitable stages of POWER2010 aimed at encouraging debate around democratic change and identifying the people's priorities for reform. It provided funding for three stages: "Tell us your Ideas"; the Deliberative Poll; and the public vote.
Since the announcement of the POWER Pledge, the campaign to ensure that these reforms are a key issue at the General Election has been funded exclusively by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd, which is not a charity and is therefore free to fund political activity.
Click here for more information about the POWER2010 team.
We can be contacted at:
Black Prince Road
London SE1 7SJ
Tel: 020 7806 6239
POWER2010 has its roots in the Power Inquiry, which was established by the Rowntree Trusts in 2005 and undertook the biggest ever inquiry into the health of Britain's democracy.
Our plan is simple. We want to identify the five key reforms that will change the way we do politics in this country - and we want you to tell us what these should be.
Together we will ensure every candidate standing for election backs these reforms so that the next Parliament delivers the change we need.
Tell us your ideas
This phase of the campaign (which ran from September 15th to November 30th 2009) was all about you telling us your ideas - the democratic and political reforms you most want from the next Parliament.
In just a short space of time it generated a fantastic response with over 4,000 ideas submitted by people of all political persuasions from across the UK- you can take a look and comment on some of the best of them here.
These ideas have been organised by academics from Southampton University and will be now be fed into a Deliberative Poll to draw up a shortlist which will be put to the public vote.
On the weekend of 9 –10th January 2010, a scientific sample of 130 citizens, representative of the population as a whole, gathered in London for a two-day deliberative event. These 130 citizens distilled the many ideas we received into a manageable shortlist of proposals which have now been put to the public vote.
The public vote
The public vote began January 18th and lasted until 22nd February. During this time we worked with individuals and organisations across the country to meet up, discuss, and vote, ensuring as many people as possible participated.
The five most popular ideas following the vote became the POWER2010 Pledge; the focus for our nation-wide campaign at the next election.
The aim is for as many people as possible to sign the Pledge and then take it to the candidates in their constituency, by writing to them, calling them, and attending local hustings, public meetings and MPs' surgeries.
Together we will ask every candidate standing at the next election to make a public commitment - a pledge - to clean up and reform our politics.
In this way we will ensure that the next Parliament is a reforming one and delivers the changes our broken democracy so desperately needs.
POWER2010 is a campaign led from the bottom up - it's thanks to your support and your participation that it will succeed.
There are many different ways get involved in the campaign and you can check them out here.
If you support POWER2010's call for a new politics then a great place to start is by signing our Declaration saying that the democratic system is broken and change must come from the people.