Workshop idea by Peter Lewis
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.
Experimenting with participation: lean startup approach
It’s easy to have lots of ideas about how to increase participation in decisions affecting local topics, but how do you know which ideas are good ones? I founded voXup during the final year of my PhD as an idea about what would motivate people to take part in local decision making – specifically, is a nice feedback loop a good enough incentive? I’ll share this experience as an example.
Peter started thinking about participation in local democracy when he should have been concentrating on his PhD in theoretical physics, in late 2013. When thinking alone seemed to be insufficient to effect any real change, he went to a local pub with an idea about how to create feedback loops between the people who live in a place and those who take decisions affecting it. This idea – now voXup.co.uk – won places on the Bethnal Green Ventures accelerator (a Cabinet Office and Nesta backed ‘tech for good’ accelerator in London) and Google’s first European startup ‘Launchpad’ week, and has now completed thousands of feedback loops encouraging easy, habitual participation in London and beyond.