The Democratic Society




The Naked Council
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Local government is facing big problems

                                                  The po...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Politicians get that centralism hasn’t worked




                                        Did you...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY    So localism is today’s big issue




                         Liverpool Town Hall: John Smith; W...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY    The Conservatives say they are localists ...

                                                  ...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY    ... but oppose “postcode lotteries”




                         Source: postcodelottery.co.uk (...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   But what is localism for ?
                                 Place shaping ?



                  ...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   And what is properly local anyway ?




                                 D R A W   Y O U R   L I ...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   What if we started with a blank sheet of paper ?



                         Local Government Act...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Proposal : Naked Council

                                              A participative ...




 ...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Proposal : Naked Council

                                             ... imagining a place that...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   How it might work



                          •   All-participant events at the start and end of...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Possible work streams



                          • School-age child
                          •...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY   Staying in touch




                          • If you want to keep in touch:
                  ...
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY




                         Presentation by Anthony Zacharzewski
                         for the ...
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Naked Council Pitch, LocalGovCamp

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A presentation from the London LocalGovCamp on 4 March 2010, pitching a programme of work called Naked Council, where local services are redesigned from a blank sheet of paper without preconceptions.

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Naked Council Pitch, LocalGovCamp

  1. 1. The Democratic Society The Naked Council
  2. 2. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Local government is facing big problems The post-war welfare state provided a level of security and prosperity that was revolutionary for its time ... ... but it has not been able to solve problems of deeply rooted poverty, or act in a co-ordinated way where people are multiply deprived. http://www.demsoc.org
  3. 3. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Politicians get that centralism hasn’t worked Did you just hear a bedpan in Tredegar ? http://www.demsoc.org
  4. 4. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY So localism is today’s big issue Liverpool Town Hall: John Smith; Whitehall from Horseguards: Wikimedia Commons http://www.demsoc.org
  5. 5. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY The Conservatives say they are localists ... • Local decision-making should be less constrained by central government, and also more accountable to local people. • [Councils] should work in partnership with local people, local business and local voluntary organisations. They will have the powers necessary to develop these partnerships. • We will encourage democratic innovations in local government. Control Shift green paper cover: UK Conservative Party http://www.demsoc.org
  6. 6. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY ... but oppose “postcode lotteries” Source: postcodelottery.co.uk (yes, really) http://www.demsoc.org
  7. 7. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY But what is localism for ? Place shaping ? ? ra cy m oc ca l de e r lo o ng Str Economic growth ? More responsive services ? http://www.demsoc.org
  8. 8. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY And what is properly local anyway ? D R A W Y O U R L I N E S H E R E http://www.demsoc.org
  9. 9. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY What if we started with a blank sheet of paper ? Local Government Act 1972.pdf Service Model Organisation Chart.pdf Communications Strategy.pdf http://www.demsoc.org
  10. 10. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Proposal : Naked Council A participative ... ... six-month programme ... ... to think creatively about local services ... http://www.demsoc.org
  11. 11. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Proposal : Naked Council ... imagining a place that has no existing structures or other baggage ... ... and creating modern services for the people who live there. http://www.demsoc.org
  12. 12. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY How it might work • All-participant events at the start and end of the programme • Work streams based around outcomes, designing creative solutions to people’s needs with no preconceptions • Work streams use online tools rather than physical meetings to widen participation and keep costs low • All work streams brought together in final event http://www.demsoc.org
  13. 13. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Possible work streams • School-age child • Citizen • Entrepreneur • Person with learning disabilities • Old person with limiting illness • Householder http://www.demsoc.org
  14. 14. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Staying in touch • If you want to keep in touch: • Fill in the form at nakedcouncil.co.uk • Email team@nakedcouncil.co.uk • And we’ll add you to the mailing list http://www.demsoc.org
  15. 15. THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY Presentation by Anthony Zacharzewski for the Democratic Society, March 2010 with thanks to Dave Briggs, Dominic Campbell and Anna Turley ajz10@demsoc.org | @anthonyzach http://www.demsoc.org
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