Lightning talks

We asked some of our 2015 participants to give a very short Lightning Talk on the day. There were two sets of talks, one at the beginning of the event and one after lunch. They were aimed at getting us all thinking about the context for our discussions. Participants could catch up with the speakers in (or between) the workshop sessions on the day.


A new dawn? Developing Digital Democracy


Dr Andrew MycockDr Andrew Mycock
Reader in Politics
University of Huddersfield

Dr Andrew Mycock is Reader in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests focus on issues of youth citizenship and democratic participation. He served on the UK government’s Youth Citizenship Commission from 2008 to 2009. He recently contributed to the UK Parliament Digital Democracy Commission project, ‘Hardcopy or #Hashtag: Young people’s vision for a digital parliament’.




21st Century Councillor

An example of how a 21st Century Councillor is reaching out to residents using Skype and Social Media.

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


The enabling state?


John HeneghanJohn Heneghan
Head of Policy and Strategy
Kirklees Council

John is Head of Policy and Strategy for Kirklees Council. His work covers corporate policy and strategy, innovation, research, intelligence, consultation and insight.

Keen to reconnect policy and practice, John is leading the development of a new approach to policy and strategy in Kirklees – more connected, collaborative and citizen-centred, where solutions are generated through experimentation, prototyping and rapid iteration.

John developed the concept and led on the bid for Kirklees’ successful Bloomberg Mayors Challenge project – – which will create a sharing economy of public and community stuff, spaces and skills.


Digital Democracy Commission


Dr Cristina Leston-BandeiraDr Cristina Leston-Bandeira
University of Hull
Cristina is a Senior Lecturer based at the University of Hull in the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies. She focuses in particular on the relationship between parliament and citizens. Recently she has had an emphasis on public engagement, parliamentary reform and the impact of the internet on parliament.

Cristina held an ESRC grant for a study on how parliaments manage their image and public engagement and, thanks to a British Academy grant, she organised a workshop on Parliaments in the Digital Age. She is the Co-Convenor of the Political Studies Association specialist group on Parliaments and Legislatures, and one of the eight Commissioners of the Digital Democracy Commission set up by the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Our thanks to Edward Wood for standing in for Cristina on the day.



Being pure of vision and pragmatic in delivery

Carl HaggertyCarl Haggerty
Leader of the Digital Communications and Public Information Team,
Devon County Council

Carl champions, develops and delivers the digital agenda within Devon County Council. He also chairs the LocalGov Digital Steering Group, which aims to raise standards in web provision and the use of digital by councils across the country, and to create a digital framework that is flexible enough to respond to local needs.

In November 2013 Carl won the Guardian Public Services Award for Leadership Excellence. It stated that: “At a time when local government is racked by uncertainty and budget cuts, it is leaders like Haggerty who will be providing public services in a different, more open, digital way.” In November 2014 Carl was recognised as one of the Top 100 influencers across Local Government in the LGC 100 list. One judge said: “Carl is a driving force behind the digital reinvention of local government.”

Carl’s notepad (blog)
Carl Haggerty on LinkedIn


Is open, co-created, hyperlocal democracy really democratic?


Tim DaviesTim Davies

Researcher, practitioner and Co-director at Practical Participation

Tim Davies is a researcher and practitioner working at the intersection of technology, civic engagement and social justice. As a PhD Candidate at the University of Southampton, and affiliate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, he has been working on understanding the democratic dimensions of open government data policy. From 2012 to 2014 he led the World Wide Web Foundation’s Open Data in Developing Countries project, coordinating a global research network exploring the uses of data in local and national governance.

Tim’s blog

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