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    Four rules for councils' democratisation work Four rules for councils' democratisation work Presentation Transcript

    • The Democratic Society Four rules for councils’ democratic engagement
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY One. Remember the di erence between consumers and citizens http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY They need di erent sorts of engagement Consumer Citizen Recipient Participant One-o Ongoing Individualist Collective Managerial Political http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Not everyone sees the council as neutral My Local Council For example, local politicians always carry their national party’s baggage http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Political issues = di cult issues You can’t always get to an agreed position when there are underlying philosophical di erences http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Two. People understand local government less than you think they do. http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Don’t force people into your structures http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Focus on the citizen, not the process http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Don’t assume knowledge, with anyone Who’s in charge of planning policy around here, anyway ? http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Three. Work to expand the democratic space http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Don’t use the council website When you can use these Don’t use this (and many others) http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Make online and o ine support each other http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Remember that politics bores most people Assume that people have ten minutes a month for politics, not an hour or two every day http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Four. Real engagement means culture change and service transformation http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Few politicians, many citizens For every one politician, councillor, senior civil servant or political journalist... ...there are 44,470 ordinary citizens. http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY O cers need to get out and engage Even the best politicians have • little time • little understanding of detail • little knowledge of background http://www.demsoc.org
    • THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Public speaking ≠ political speaking Explaining the background to the new parking scheme on Nevskii Prospekt http://www.demsoc.org
    • A cheering final word: Local government does culture change well THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY • Partnership working done • Joint commissioning done • Trusts & shared services done • Real openness and engagement http://www.demsoc.org