The world of mainstream politics can feel pretty dispiriting and alienating to people. Whether you’re a seasoned campaigner or a newbie to political activity, there’s lot of turnoffs: the seemingly rigid, hierarchical culture, the factionalism, the confusing systems, processes and rules, the lack of innovation or experimentation.

Having a conversation with others can connect people back to the issues we’re facing, encouraging people to realise that there are others who feel the same, and raising people’s hopes about the prospects for people-powered change. Sometimes just sharing with friends – and especially strangers – is the best way to renew our faith in democracy and the possibility of change.