Our participants are very much in control of the content of this event, so we’ve been inviting you to share your ideas for workshop sessions over the past few weeks.
This year all the workshops are inspired by our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network.
Our 2016 workshops
Session one – 10.30am to 11.30am:
- Redesigning the council meeting
Dave Mckenna, Overview & Scrutiny Manager, City & County of Swansea
- Opening up democracy data
Lucy Knight, Open Data Lead for Devon County Council & LocalGov Digital
- Mapping the issues, mapping the meetings
Perry Walker & Bob Bollen
- Emotion, empathy and urgency – personal experience in public narrative
Matt Clack, Public Health Strategist, Hackney Council
- My Country, My Vote: Enhancing youth citizenship
Simon Campbell-Skelling, Kirklees Council
Session two – 12 noon to 1pm:
- Power to the people: How do we make public consultations more inclusive?
Elli Panagopoulos & Emilie Glazer, Eclipse
- Evidence gathering for the Councillor Commission
Colin Copus, Professor of Local Politics, De Montfort University
- Updating, owning and aggregating fragmented data
Sym Roe & Joe Mitchell, Democracy Club
- Consensus Voting in Decision-making
Peter Emerson, the de Borda Institute
Session three – 2.30pm to 3.30pm:
- The power of design: involving people in local decision-making
Sarah Allan, Engagement Lead (Democratic Reform), Involve
- Getting Real about Representation
Steve Griggs, De Montfort University & Neil Barnett, Leeds Beckett University
- Growing the civic conversation
Nick Booth, Podnosh & Cllr David Harrington, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
- How can we make local democracy feel more relevant?
Ed Hammond, Centre for Public Scrutiny
Turning ideas into action
We’ve also set all our workshop hosts a new challenge. The participants in each workshop will be encouraged to come up with a new idea for redesigning local democracy. This should be something practical that anyone who wants to help with can get on with doing straight away. At the end of the day we’ll bring everyone together for our Ideas Bazaar, where we’ll share our ideas, have few drinks and begin to talk about what we might do next.
Thank you very much to everyone who has already accepted the challenge. We hope that we’ll give you a head start by getting the conversations under way in the weeks before the event.