Challenges of Neighbourhood Democracy - presentation from UKGovCamp 12

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A presentation by Anthony from UK GovCamp 2012, talking about neighbourhood democracy and neighbourhood councils.

A presentation by Anthony from UK GovCamp 2012, talking about neighbourhood democracy and neighbourhood councils.

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  • 1. THE CHALLENGE OF NEIGHBOURHOOD DEMOCRACY THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETYFriday, 20 January 12
  • 2. Government struggles with two concepts of localismFriday, 20 January 12
  • 3. We, The PeopleFriday, 20 January 12
  • 4. We, The CouncilFriday, 20 January 12
  • 5. These aren’t incompatible ...Friday, 20 January 12
  • 6. ... if we get participation and representation to work togetherFriday, 20 January 12
  • 7. With neighbourhood budgeting ...Friday, 20 January 12
  • 8. ... and neighbourhood planning ...Friday, 20 January 12
  • 9. ... Government has given communities the toughest issues.Friday, 20 January 12
  • 10. And in referendums, the worst way to decide on them.Friday, 20 January 12
  • 11. We know what we want 1. Community-level participation 2. Available to as many people as want to participate 3. That informs people of context and data 4. Gives them opportunities to discuss things 5. Takes positions but makes decisions only alongside traditional methods 6. A meaningful role for councillorsFriday, 20 January 12
  • 12. And we know some do’s and don’tsFriday, 20 January 12
  • 13. Don’t build a portalFriday, 20 January 12
  • 14. Don’t create hungry mouthsFriday, 20 January 12
  • 15. Really don’t build a portalFriday, 20 January 12
  • 16. Use networks of networksFriday, 20 January 12
  • 17. Go where people areFriday, 20 January 12
  • 18. And we know the challengesFriday, 20 January 12
  • 19. The Bertolt Brecht Problem “The Secretary of the Writers Union Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee Stating that the people Had forfeited the confidence of the government And could win it back only By redoubled efforts. Would it not be easier In that case for the government To dissolve the people And elect another?” Brecht, “The Solution”Friday, 20 January 12
  • 20. Managing online/offline connexionsFriday, 20 January 12
  • 21. Paranoia managementFriday, 20 January 12
  • 22. National/local/hyperlocalFriday, 20 January 12
  • 23. GovernanceFriday, 20 January 12
  • 24. Can we turn a fairy story into a blueprint ?Friday, 20 January 12
  • 25. by Anthony Zacharzewski for the Democratic Society, 2012Friday, 20 January 12