The Council of 2045

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 Brainstorm by Jessica Lock from The Noun ProjectWorkshop idea by Andrew Walker & colleagues

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.

The Council of 2045

The challenge:

Building strong communities who support and are supported by their local council requires cooperation, trust, empathy and the willingness to share power.

Imagine that in 2045 local government has been entirely cut off from Westminster. Councils no longer draw their powers or finance from central government. Instead they must focus on developing and sharing power with their own citizens.

In this workshop we will explore ways for diverse groups, with conflicting interests, to cooperate so that they can make important decisions and find ways to deepen democratic participation.

Fully participative decision making is complex and challenging. The aim of ‘The Council of 2045’ is to deepen our understanding of the decision making process.

#notwestminster #2045

Andrew Walker
Andrew Walker
Policy Researcher, Local Government Information Unit

Andrew Walker runs LGiU’s policy projects on innovation in local democracy, housing, and community management of public space.
His recent work includes Public Houses, an investigation in how local authorities can protect community pubs, Strong Foundations, which looks at the changing relationship between social landlords and their tenants, and House Proud, an analysis of local authority involvement with the Private Rented Sector.

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