These lively discussion sessions, all led by our participants, are at the heart of our Notwestminster main event on Saturday 16th February 2019. Thank you to everyone who has pitched ideas for workshops.
Our 2019 theme is Citizens Assemble – together, we have what we need to assemble a stronger local democracy.
Our 2019 workshops are:
Session one – 10.30am to 11.30am:
- How can councils regain trust?
Ed Hammond, Centre for Public Scrutiny
- The Place Standard: How good is our place?
Vina Randhawa, Kirklees Council
- Creating dialogue across divides
Perry Walker, Talk Shop
- A Community Wealth Fund for local democracy?
Margaret Bolton, Local Trust, and Mark Pepper, Ambition Lawrence Weston
Session two – 12 noon to 1pm:
- Digital democracy: utopia or dystopia?
Sean Peacock, Open Lab, Newcastle University
- How can we create joined-up change?
Mel Stevens, The Democratic Society
- How can we create safe spaces for online debate?
Jonathan Bradley, Bang the Table
- Facilitation tools for people working together
Noreen Blanluet, Co-production Network for Wales
Session three – 2.30pm to 3.30pm:
- Engaging student citizens in local democracy
Dr Arianna Giovannini, De Montfort University, and Dr Andy Mycock, University of Huddersfield
- Using live video to connect citizens and councils
John Popham, digital storyteller
- Measuring the impact of Citizens’ Assemblies
Miriam Levin, Office for Civil Society, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
- Designing the perfect seating for a public council meeting
Dr Dave Mckenna, freelance public servant
You’ll be able to take part in three different workshop sessions during the day.
Sign up to the Notwestminster email network or follow us @Notwestminster to be the first to hear about the rest of our workshops and other activities. Or Join us on Slack to discuss ideas with other participants.
Turning ideas into action
As usual, we’re setting all our workshop hosts a challenge. The participants in each workshop will be encouraged to come up with a new idea for something practical we can do to strengthen local democracy.
At the end of the day we’ll bring everyone together for our Ideas Bazaar, where we’ll share our ideas and make pledges about what we will each do next. Everyone who is interested is welcome to get involved.