Speaking and media

Andy WilliamsonAsk me to speak or write for you I’d love to support and contribute to your conference, workshop or event by talking about what I know, or to write something for your publication. I’ve spoken at TEDx, given keynotes at global conferences, in parliaments and with audiences ranging from academics and civil society groups to the general public. Andy Williamson at TEDxRhodesI’ve appeared on the likes of BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour, Sky News, Al Jazeera, PBS and Radio New Zealand National. And I’ve spoken at events on every continent except Antarctica (penguins aren’t that into democracy). If your audience wants a no nonsense, plain speaking take on democratic innovation or a reflexive view on the state of public engagement, campaigning or the impact of digital, then I’d be delighted to speak at your event or radio TV, radio or online show. I’ve written for a wide range of publications from The Guardian to academic journals, policy and topical blogs and a range of newspapers and magazines, such as The House magazine, Political Insight and International Affairs from Chatham House. I can talk to your audience about:

  • Citizen engagement and democratic reform;
  • Digital democracy, how people are using it and what it means;
  • Democratic innovation and the potential for digital transformation;
  • Civic tech;
  • Digital campaigns, whether that’s what happened in the last election or what you could do in the next;
  • Open government, open parliaments; and
  • Open policy and open data.


I’m regularly asked to design, host and facilitate workshops, events and to chair interactive panels. These range from multi-day immersive workshops to short sessions with audiences that range from the public to parliamentarians. If you have a media or event enquiry, just drop me a line and we can talk.


Andy is well informed, well connected and extremely enthusiastic, which he has a talent for conveying to his audience. I come away from any conversation or talk completely fired up and ready for action.


If you want me to speak or facilitate then the chances are I’m going to charge you for it. Why? Because I’m a professional and this is what I do for a living. I charge to speak at events because I take them seriously and I spend time understanding you, your audience and your event. I take the time to do the background research and I take the time to produce both high-quality visuals and a compelling narrative for your audience. If you value your audience and you value your event then I ask that you also value my time.  There are exceptions. I’m always happy to support events and organisations that are about positive social or public issues, particularly democratic reform or political literacy. If you want me to speak pro-bono then your event must be:
  • free to attend – if you charge people to attend (other than to recover the costs), then I will charge you to speak;
  • demonstrably for social or public good.
We might still need to chat about expenses getting to and from the event and any accommodation, if needed. Interested? Then let’s have a chat!]]>