A Notwestminster 2020 workshop hosted by Ian Graham
In this workshop we’ll explore how digital tools, and the way that technology now impacts our everyday lives, are affecting our participation in local democracy and decision making.
Technology is all around us and changing how we work, live and communicate. New generations have a fundamentally different relationship with technology than previous ones. What does this mean for our expectations around participation and democracy in the future?
Can organisations think differently about how we communicate, receive views, make more people’s voices heard and make decisions? Do digital tools help us to grow trusting relationships with other citizens and with our councillors, or do they create conflict? What kind of digital spaces can councils create for citizens (as opposed to customers) to involve people in local democracy?
Come and share your experiences of digital and democracy – whether you see technology as friend or foe – and discuss ideas for how we can make better use of digital tools and approaches for citizen participation in the future.
About the workshop host
Ian is an experienced facilitator and change leader. He is a specialist in the use of open innovation and collaborative, creative methods to tackle social and city challenges, Ian is an experienced change manager and a qualified coach, enabling people from different backgrounds to work together and effect sustainable change. He has held senior leadership positions in local government as well in the private sector and has worked with a wide range of organisations. Ian now runs VIATIC, a specialist innovation and change agency, based in York and enabling social and city innovation across the UK and Europe.
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Big hearts and open minds
Our kind of democracy is human-scale. When we talk about local democracy, we mean the democracy that happens where we are, in our neighbourhoods and the places that we know. It is the democracy that we live and breathe, each and every day. It only lives when we have our hearts in it, and it only grows when we are open to thinking and doing in different ways.
So if you’re open to our local democracy being what we want it to be, and if you’re up for the challenge of doing something to help make it happen, please join us at Notwestminster.