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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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