Growing the civic conversation

A Notwestminster 2016 workshop idea from Nick Booth,
with councillor David Harrington

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There’s plenty being talked about,  how much of it is civic? 

Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about how they’ve been consciously growing the civic conversation to make it easier for public services to have fruitful conversations.

Come along to talk about what else is happening to grow the civic conversation, what we could do next, and how you can help.

Councillor David Harrington will join this workshop to share some of his experiences as a councillor, using digital tools to be part of civic conversations.

If you believe that public services should have more than just a comms function – that they should actively work to grow the civic conversation – please come and talk about how we can work together to do more of this.

What you can do next

Read some ponderings from Nick on his blog:

Why Public Services should take the time to grow the civic conversation

Share and comment on twitter using these tags:

#notwestminster #civic

or you can Leave a Reply on this page.

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

Design Challenges for Local DemocracyLocal Democracy Design Challenges

All our 2016 workshops have been created by our participants in response to our Design Challenges for Local Democracy, which were crowdsourced from our Notwestminster network. This workshop is inspired by….

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 2016 workshops list

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