Ideas from the “Democratic Content – Local By Default, Engaging By Design” workshop at #notwestminster 2015, hosted by Carl Whistlecraft and James McLaughlin
Looking for good ideas and examples to take away for the impending elections in May? In this session we talked about what voters want to know and what stops people from finding things out. Voter turnout in the last local government elections was 36%. How can we redesign democratic and electoral content to stimulate interest, understanding and engagement? We shared our ideas.
The three ideas
- A local media commitment
- Independently curated, engaging aggregated content in one place
- DCLG pilot
Want to join us in working on one or more of these ideas?
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About the workshop hosts
Head of Governance and Democratic Services, Kirklees Council
Carl is Head of Governance and Democratic Services at Kirklees Council, with 25 years’ experience of working closely with elected councillors in the fields of policy and governance. He has a passion for local democracy and is fascinated by the opportunities presented by supporting and promoting democracy in a digital age.
Carl is currently co-lead of the Rewiring Local Democracy (RLD) work stream as part of the LocalGov Digital Programme.
Electoral Services Manager
East Northamptonshire Council
James is currently Democratic and Electoral Services Manager at East Northamptonshire Council and has worked within the Democratic Services sector for twelve years. Having worked under various governance models at four English local authorities, he has a keen interest in the impact of decision-making models in levels of public engagement and participation in elections. Recognising the potential of new technology and media, he is keen to promote new ways of engaging in the democratic process at a local level.