At #notwestminster 2015 we asked you to come up with three new ideas for redesigning local democracy in each workshop. Here’s a quick overview of the ideas generated on the day. Follow the workshop links for more info…
- I will use social media to ask people to question the centralised state.
- I will ask the questions of others: What do you think devolution is? What do you want it to be?
- I will carry on what we are all already doing together and take personal responsibility for being mindful of connecting that, by talking to people, to the wider devolution conversation.
- A local media commitment – Interesting – Sexy – Informing
- Independently curated, engaging aggregated content in one place
- DCLG pilot
- Create links between councils and schools. Give children (14-16) a project that they devise & create. Understand links to democracy.
- Changing our behaviour. Embracing social media debate into policy making.
- Card contact conversation. Contextual information on policy change in your area.
- Separate officers supporting executive & officers supporting scrutiny to enable greater accountability.
- Training & support for councillors & officers to support them in changing role for the 21st century.
- National conversation about what we expect of local gov & services in the future.
- The councillors are the council & vice versa – should be the key ethos of every council.
- Local issues are big issues – if it is important for people it is important.
- Efficient is not always effective – especially when it comes to decision making. Embrace: messy, complicated, emotional, complex, difficult.
- How to use data to decide what to do with £1million funding:
Decide on engagement strategy for how you want people to be involved. Think about how data can help:
– Contextualised consultation -> What will the impact of decisions be?
– Data driven art -> Recognising emotive decisions.
– Participatory planning -> Visualising the impacts.
- How we use data to address a growing problem with pigeons feeding on an estate:
– Collate hard data from different agencies & private sector enforcers, to compare with existing soft data & understand scale of problem.
– Find New artistic ways of presenting data to help offenders better understand the impact of their actions.
- Planning – in terms of opposition hard to help citizens understand and interpret the data. How?
– Free up council GIS staff.
– Get consultation happening earlier to avoid retrospective errors.
– Visualisation – create meaningful images.
- Understand the decision making and political process.
- Communicate well in the community.
- Form a secret council and vote them out via the third chair approach.
- We will spread the word about PB with councils and other public bodies. Watch the video!
- Using PB in schools to promote interest and understanding.
- Link PB to devolution agenda.
- Better skills for councillors through development sessions.
- Greater powers of scrutiny for members over partners and officers.
- Joined up approach to the information around service delivery.
[Ensure members represent the people services are delivered to.]
- Deal with inequalities (digital) by giving away tablets! (and address digital skills)
- Find a way to filter online content and personalise digital public sector information.
- Do we need councillors in the 21st Century? [Debate]
- MVP / What to build – Bootstrap on next bus time SMS to get opinion on local policy change.
- Start small & cheap v. hyperlocal (i.e. one street) fail quick (then fail better).
- Integrate w/ existing channels – curated space that integrates with. Share into curated space from existing platforms.
- Organisations have to use digital technologies to explain and open-up decision-making processes.
- Use digital technologies to connect individuals with community organisations.
- Find a council or part of a council to trial a public values approach to local service delivery.
- Digital can simplify and make managing services easier.
- Digital can help share passion and promote valued services.
- Dialogue online about a more collaborative approach.
- As a council officer, I need to allow the people I speak to to speak with their own voice & see through their eyes, so I can deliver good solutions to the actual problems people face.
- As a disengaged voter, I need to understand why politics should be of interest to me, so I can work out whether to vote and who to vote for.
- As a local resident, I need to have decision making reports in a format I can digest, not pages of text, so I can understand what decisions are being made, what the options are, and so I have an informed opinion about decisions – positive or negative.
- ‘Flip’ button on social media, giving alternative views.
- Use ePrime in discussions (no personal pronouns).
- You have a right to free speech. Not a right to offend.
- Make it easier for groups & individuals to influence councils & be involved in decision-making.
- Ways to involve workers and help release their capacity to help improve decision-making.
- Toolkit for councillors (& others) in community leadership – covering ways of doing the other two ideas – to help rebuild trust.