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We Live Here

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  • 1. Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 2. The Government has high expectations for localismSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 3. With neighbourhood planning and budgeting ...Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 4. ... they have given localities complex, technical issues to manage.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 5. And the decision-making infrastructure is not always readySaturday, 21 April 12
  • 6. If we can get participation right , it will have huge benefits for systemic reformSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 7. Imagine... ... you’re bothered by young people making noise in your street, and you don’t complain. Instead, you talk to other residents, and start up a sports club for them, with your councillor co-ordinating local public services to help out.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 8. Imagine... ... you work for a health action project, and rather than spending money on leaflets and advertising you have free access to every civic network in your area, and a trusted place to reach thousands of active citizens.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 9. Imagine... ... you work for the council and have to take a tough decision, and your instant reaction is to throw open all the evidence and the context to councillors and people in the community and work with them to find a solution.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 10. That’s the vision.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 11. We’re not there yet. People arent participating enough in Text their communitiesSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 12. Participation falls short in community action... 37% Charities unable to fulfil their goals due to lack of volunteers 63%Source: National Survey of Charities and Social Enterprises, 2010Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 13. ... and in the political system Local election turnout 80 60 40 English mets 20 English districts French cantons 0 1973 1976 1980 1982 1986 1988 1992 1995 1998 2000 2004 2008Source: French elections: France-politique.fr; UK elections: LGC Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Only years whereall three election types took place included. UK local elections held on same day as general elections excluded.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 14. And those who do participate ... Civic assn 20.5% Participation in civic action 2007-10 Volunteer Donate 2.1% 4.5% Civic & volunteer 3.6% Civic & donation 3.7% Do all three 1.2% Do nothing 64.4% Source: Third Sector Research Centre, Working Paper 73Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 15. ... aren’t representative Most engaged Least engaged Middle aged (40-64) No qualifications Degree Actively religious Routine occupations Manager/professional 0 15 30 45 60Source: Third Sector Research Centre, Working Paper 73Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 16. People want to give more time ... 18% 47% 18% Do volunteer, can’t do more 18% Don’t volunteer, want to Do volunteer, want to do more Don’t volunteer, not interestedSource: Third Sector Research Centre and Giving White Paper, HMG 2010Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 17. ... and would make a big difference if they did ...Political party members “Willing localists” 0m 1m 2m 3m 4m 5m 6m 7m ‘“Willing localists” are citizens not actively involved in a wide range of community and socio-political activities but who seem the most willing to do so and are those most likely, realistically, to become so in the future.’ - Hansard AuditSource: “Willing Localists” - Hansard Audit of Democratic Engagement 2010; UK Voting Age Population: IDEA 2010; Politicalparty members - House of Commons Membership of UK political parties Standard Note SN/SG/5125 2009.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 18. But they don’t. Why not?Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 19. Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 20. They don’t trust politicsSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 21. They want to make a difference on their own termsSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 22. Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 23. Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 24. And politics hasn’t responded to the way the world is changingSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 25. What do we need? • More connected and self-reliant communities • Better opportunities for civic action, better understood • Everyday democratic participationSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 26. With We Live Here, we ....Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 27. Identified formal and informal civic activist networks in three communities (this is Hangleton)Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 28. Connected them online (this is Brunswick)Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 29. Talked to them about what they want nextSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 30. started to pass control of the network to the participants... and thought about how we can ensure control stays with local people ...Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 31. ...not the CouncilSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 32. We have learned • Dont assume small areas are small tasks • Inclusive engagement takes longer and starts from farther back • Social Media Surgeries are a huge hit • Behaviour change in the Council is essential - and sooner than we thought • People dont think about "democracy", they think about their needsSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 33. And now were going to • Work with a group in each area to develop ideas • Continue to build connections and bring people online • Create maps and event calendars • Make democratic connections and conversationsSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 34. Meeting citizens’ needs “A lot of positive has come out of this project. It’s all about what citizens need. There is an appetite in our community to move it on and take a broader look at ways groups communicate between themselves, and how we can make the communication with the council two-way conversation rather than one- way.” - project participantSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 35. Meeting service needs “We want to work collaboratively across agencies and bring the council closer to the community. We see We Live Here building a system that uses traditional and new media to form the basis for new neighbourhood decision making. Our vision is of an involving public service of loose connections and networked organisations - We Live Here is an essential element of that.” John Barradell, council chief executive April 2012Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 36. Cost-effectively Single service consultation Setup & run a WLH location* Citizens Panel Budget consultation 5% of average council comms budget Large-scale consultation Consultation on infrastructure project 0 75 150 225 300Source: Consultation budgets published by Derbyshire and Ellesmere Port & Neston councils; TPA research; CLG.* setup and first year of WLH at “Connecting” level.Saturday, 21 April 12
  • 37. Building towards the vision even if the route is unclearSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 38. Weve got support for the next stage • Our communities • Our partners • Council • NHS • PoliceSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 39. But we want to take it further • Deeper conversation in existing pilots • New pilots • Citywide conversationSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 40. And develop the approach • Methodology and learning write-up • Reusable tools • Practitioner and councillor learning • Network growth and developmentSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 41. Because this is the mission “Until we rebuild, both from the bottom up and from the top down, our institutes of governance and democracy, we will not be able to stand up to the fundamental challenges that we are facing” Manuel CastellsSaturday, 21 April 12
  • 42. If you want to follow our journey Speak to Susie Latta at Demsoc (susie@demsoc.org), follow @demsoc or visit the blog: http://weliveherebh.org.ukSaturday, 21 April 12

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