A Notwestminster 2019 workshop from Mel Stevens
There are lots of great initiatives already making a positive difference to how communities engage with local democracy. How do we now move beyond isolated pockets of innovation to create a more joined-up system of change-making?
Public Square is a major two-year programme of research and action run by The Democratic Society, mySociety and Luminate that seeks to start doing this.
In this workshop we’ll be working with you to explore what’s involved in making this shift happen, including where Public Square can help.
Working in small groups we’ll be looking at questions like:
- How do we make currently innovative practices into something more routine for councils?
- How do we communicate our vision for local democracy?
- What are the barriers to joining things up, and how do we overcome them?
- Who needs to be involved for this to happen?
What we learn will inform the work of the Public Square programme. It will also help us all to think about our own practices and what opportunities there are for joining things up.
How to get involved
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About the workshop host
The Democratic Society
Mel leads on The Democratic Society’s Local Government work, working with councils across the country to improve how they involve the people they serve in their work.
Outside this role her other experience ranges across helping West Sussex County Council create a Customer Insight Team, establishing a Sussex Research Engagement Network, conducting leadership development for councillors, and helping a reform prison trust improve their use of data.
Our local democracy is a shared endeavour, often a shared frustration, but above all a shared hope. Notwestminster is about finding the people, ideas and energy we need, so that we can use our skills and experiences for a common purpose.
Together we have what we need to assemble a stronger local democracy. Are you up for the challenge? Please join us.