A Notwestminster 2017 workshop from Michelle Brook
How can those who work in engagement and local government make the idea of participation more appealing to the wider public? Is it a case of making engagement processes more fun and interesting; educating people as to the impact local government has on their day to day lives; or emphasising the seriousness of the decisions that local government make, that the public can be involved in?
In this world café style workshop, we will crowdsource answers to our question ‘How can local government encourage people to engage?’ We will talk about:
1. Perceptions of local government
2. Active citizens
3. Opportunity to engage
You can choose which themes to talk about, and you can move between conversations throughout the session. The aim of these conversations will be to crowdsource ideas of practical methods to make local government engagement more attractive to the public. We will then talk about which ideas to take forward and apply to daily life.
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Director of Strategy and Development, The Democratic Society
Michelle has a strong interest in technology, digital, and open data. Her work at The Democratic Society explores how these intersect with democratic questions, including how to enable more civic participation and government accountability, and how governments can share information and data with their citizens. Michelle has recently completed a discovery phase research project for the UK’s Government Digital Service, providing recommendations to the UK Government on how the experience of consultations can be improved. She is the head of Demsoc’s Manchester hub.
All our Notwestminster 2017 workshops are based on themes that have been inspired by discussions with citizens, as part of the Kirklees Democracy Commission.
This workshop is inspired by…
Connecting citizens and decision makers