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Lewes District 2011 presentation

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

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