Doing devolution without permission

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 Brainstorm by Jessica Lock from The Noun ProjectWorkshop idea by Andrew Wilson

All of the workshops at Local Democracy for Everyone have been created by our participants. We’re sharing a summary of each workshop idea to help you decide what you’d most like to participate in – and so that everyone can start to share their comments about each idea.

Doing devolution without permission

The challenge:

There is a new enthusiasm in England for devolution to local and even regional government, but people can’t yet see how they can help make it happen. This workshop will ask how we can start doing devolution from the bottom up as soon as we walk out of the room. We’ll talk about what we understand by devolution, why we think it is of value and what it might mean for us to do devolution rather than waiting for it to happen. We’ll then try to find ways for people to start as soon as they walk out of the room.

For the last two years I’ve coordinated Hannah Directory, which celebrates the great stuff people are doing in places in England’s north, and I’ve been asking how even more of it can happen. This has given me chance to listen to lots of people talking about how they see the future of the places they live and work. I think there is now a widespread feeling common to most people in the north, understood from our lived experience, that our voices are not fairly heard in the national conversation of England.

If that is the case, it could grow into a very powerful wellspring for positive change. I recently heard about the Gleicher change equation: D x V x F > R.

D = Dissatisfaction with how things are now;
V = Vision of what is possible;

F = First, concrete steps that can be taken towards the vision; 
R = Resistance.

If the product of the first three factors is greater than R, then change is possible.

This workshop aims to establish some first concrete steps that people living and working in the north can take in their everyday lives.

#notwestminster #devo

Andrew WilsonAndrew Wilson
Hannah Directory / Foldup CiC

Andrew has been using mobile technology for creative participation for well over a decade. His work includes socially engaged software development and location aware games for children, families and even grown ups. Andrew has worked with large organisations including The Guardian, the BBC, Greater Manchester Police, an NHS trust and Kirklees Council as well as local councillors, front line council staff, and many third sector and small voluntary groups including a drugs treatment agency, a regeneration charity on the Aylesbury estate in South London, tenants and residents associations and a community allotment. Some of this work has been in partnerships supported by Nesta through three of its national programmes, Reboot Britain, Make It Local and Innovation in Giving.

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