Ideas for Growing the civic conversation

This idea came from Nick Booth and David Harrington’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016

What we’re doing
Idea for Growing the civic conversation


Growing the civic conversation – Cllr David Harrington (Workshop intro)


Growing the Civic Conversaton workshop at Notwestminster 2016
Notwestminster16 (106 of 135) by Anthony Mckeown


Who we are

Nick BoothNick Booth

Nick Booth has been working as @podnosh with local and national government, charities and community groups for a decade – helping them use social and digital media to strengthen democracy and create civic good.  He started the social media surgery movement @socmediasurgery  and has developed a simple tool for capturing what difference public and third sector service make: 

Social Media Surgery
Impact Assessment App

Before Podnosh, Nick was a BBC political reporter and documentary maker.

Councillor David HarringtonCouncillor David Harrington
Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance,
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
& LGiU Online Councillor of the Year 2013

First elected in 2005, re-elected in 2007 and 2011, as an Independent, David represents Ingleby Barwick which is believed to be the largest private housing estate in western Europe. He was the first Ward Councillor in the North-East to use social media as a means of engagement in 2008. In 2013, he was awarded the title of Online Councillor of the Year by the LGiU and CCLA for his innovative use of Skype and Twitter for engaging with residents.

David Harrington – Your councillor

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Design Challenges for Local DemocracyLocal Democracy Design Challenges

This idea came from Nick and David’s workshop at Notwestminster 2016, in response to two of our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. The challenges are:

Community Campaigns: In a healthy democracy change comes from the bottom as well as the top and yet it is nearly always the politicians that set the agenda.  How can we get people to talk more to each other about the issues that concern them so they can build campaigns and change things?

Community News: The more people talking about their local democracy the better and yet local councils are not always best placed to tell people about what’s happening.  How can we help journalists and bloggers to know about local political stories so that they can share them with their readers?

Notwestminster Ideas Bazaar 2016

Notwestminster 2016 workshops list

Notwestminster 2016

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