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Co-responsibility and
Well-being: the Thinking
Explained.
Presentation
Jon Bloomfield
January 2011
Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 2
The Changing Context
Last two decades have seen lots of experiment...
Council of Europe thinking
 Council of Europe offers a new model of citizen
engagement: co-responsibility
 Very wide-ran...
The Co-responsibility approach
Starts with the citizen.
It is an open-ended approach based on the use
of focus groups
A...
Eight Dimensions
Arising from all the trials and pilots 8 key themes
Access to essential resources
Living environment
S...
Applying the method in TOGETHER
Council of Europe’s canvas is wide
It is a very ambitious project
TOGETHER seeks to dra...
The Social Crisis within Europe
Serious collapse of financial system 2008-9
Major knock-on consequences for government
s...
Initial Focus Group Work
 8 municipalities. Different sizes and at varying levels of
engagement and consultation with the...
What are we learning?
The breadth of issues and concerns
The all-round nature of politics and policy.
Need to move beyo...
The New ‘Triangle’
 Co-responsibility means an end to the idea of
‘the Council alone.’
 Must always work in partnership
...
Co-responsibility is a new method of
working
 It involves a new relationship between public authorities
and their users.
...
Engaging with staff
 The approach works best where this is significant input
from staff.
 The pilot actions show that th...
Involving all stakeholders
 The move from pilots to mainstreaming requires that all
the major stakeholders within the con...
contact@urbact.eu
www.urbact.eu
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Presentation by Jon Bloomfield, January 2011

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  1. 1. Co-responsibility and Well-being: the Thinking Explained. Presentation Jon Bloomfield January 2011
  2. 2. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 2 The Changing Context Last two decades have seen lots of experiments with devolution and de-centralisation. Reworking relation of national, regional and local state And relations of government, society and citizen. Being done by parts of Left, Right and Green
  3. 3. Council of Europe thinking  Council of Europe offers a new model of citizen engagement: co-responsibility  Very wide-ranging approach  Designed to re-think the concept of progress; go beyond just measuring Gross Domestic Product (GDP)  Seeks to construct knowledge and well-being in a new way.  More reflecting the reality of people’s lives  Achieves this by systematic engagement with citizens Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 3
  4. 4. The Co-responsibility approach Starts with the citizen. It is an open-ended approach based on the use of focus groups Asks about well-being and its opposite Avoids danger of a problem-driven approach, which knows issues before you start Council of Europe have piloted this method widely It has thrown up 8 broad themes/dimensions and over 40 topics where indicators can be developed Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 4
  5. 5. Eight Dimensions Arising from all the trials and pilots 8 key themes Access to essential resources Living environment Social balances and sense of belonging Personal balance Relations between people Relations with institutions Feelings Commitment/participation A broader range of topics and issues than come from a problem-driven approach. This is more comprehensive. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 5
  6. 6. Applying the method in TOGETHER Council of Europe’s canvas is wide It is a very ambitious project TOGETHER seeks to draw on and apply its principles But within the means available to each municipality And adapted to our local circumstances This application made more difficult by current financial circumstances Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 6
  7. 7. The Social Crisis within Europe Serious collapse of financial system 2008-9 Major knock-on consequences for government spending. Now seeing huge cuts in public spending Big impact on local authorities – and worse is yet to come. A tough background in which to introduce new thinking. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 7
  8. 8. Initial Focus Group Work  8 municipalities. Different sizes and at varying levels of engagement and consultation with their citizens.  Mulhouse started in 2006/7;  Three others in 2010.  four others in 2011, including Botkyrka  In Braine l’Alleud 14 groups 2170 responses, all coded.  In Salaspils 25 groups.  Looking to complete by September.  An open-ended process  Qualitative – not a scientific sample  Aim: get some bottom-up perspectives and supplement other survey, questionnaire work Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 8
  9. 9. What are we learning? The breadth of issues and concerns The all-round nature of politics and policy. Need to move beyond a traditional Welfare State approach Approach can also be used with school children. For councillors and politicians the initial stages of this method will:  Highlight key topics in their area  Reach the issues that other approaches miss out  Indicate possible priorities for action  Show the need to work in new ways with local citizens Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 9
  10. 10. The New ‘Triangle’  Co-responsibility means an end to the idea of ‘the Council alone.’  Must always work in partnership  Either with civil society organisations, associations, the voluntary and community sector  Or with citizens e.g. users of services, parents, carers, school students, tenants, beneficiaries.  Co-responsible Pilot actions: putting this model of partnership into practice. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 10
  11. 11. Co-responsibility is a new method of working  It involves a new relationship between public authorities and their users.  It is a much more participative method which treats users as equals rather than passive clients of the public authority.  This demands changes in the working style and professional practice of the staff of many public authorities.  Staff have to be convinced about these new methods of citizen engagement.  This is absolutely necessary, if the city is to be able to transfer the co-responsibility approach from the margins to the mainstream. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 11
  12. 12. Engaging with staff  The approach works best where this is significant input from staff.  The pilot actions show that this is time-consuming and at times challenging.  This strongly reinforces the view that the move to a co- responsibility method is not a cheap option.  Its success requires the active and sustained involvement of public authorities and their staff, albeit often working in new ways. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 12
  13. 13. Involving all stakeholders  The move from pilots to mainstreaming requires that all the major stakeholders within the conurbation need to be engaged with the co-responsibility initiative.  They must all be represented at a senior level on the ULSG.  The involvement of all stakeholders in the co-ordinating team is crucial, since it needs clear leadership from all the public agencies to drive these changes through. Title of presentation I Thursday 25 July 2013 I Page 13
  14. 14. contact@urbact.eu www.urbact.eu

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