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An oldie but a goodie.

An oldie but a goodie.

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  • 1. Democratic conversations The Democratic Society
  • 2. Local government is changing
  • 3. There are drivers from the top ...
  • 4. ... but the most important are from the bottom.
  • 5. The networked society ...
  • 6. ... is leading to networked public services.
  • 7. (whatever you call them)
  • 8. This is an opportunity for local government
  • 9. Not to get power and money from the top ...
  • 10. ... but for councils (and councillors) to lead their localities
  • 11. supporting better, cheaper, responsive services
  • 12. and active and interested citizens.
  • 13. The goal of promoting democratic conversation is
  • 14. not just engaging people in politics
  • 15. but creating space where council & people are partners
  • 16. and hidden community resources are found.
  • 17. How are things in Lewes today ?
  • 18. Strong desire to engage and good activism
  • 19. LDC has a great reputation
  • 20. But ... capacity and governance concerns
  • 21. and consultation fatigue
  • 22. The will to preserve is stronger than the will to create
  • 23. What should LDC do ?
  • 24. 1. Champion openness and participation
  • 25. 2. Towns and parishes access point
  • 26. 3. Better targeted information
  • 27. 4. AGMs as democratic centrepieces
  • 28. 5. Clerks and councillors as democratic convenors
  • 29. 6. Open data and open context
  • 30. 7. Information on a human scale
  • 31. 8. Practical support for civic action
  • 32. 9. Staff civic volunteering
  • 33. 10. Show the council is actively listening
  • 34. 11. Get people to express an interest in participating
  • 35. 12. Prepare for neighbourhood planning
  • 36. 13. Surface and support local innovators
  • 37. 14. Encourage civic start-ups with access and funding
  • 38. 15. Look for wider opportunities
  • 39. 16. Convene a civic alliance in Newhaven
  • 40. If anywhere can make localism work, Lewes can
  • 41. Presentation by Anthony Zacharzewski, July 2011 for the Democratic Society

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