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Cllr Mark Wright Introduction


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Cllr Mark Wright, Bristol City Council, opens the Your Local Budget Bristol Event and describes the budget engagement work going on in Bristol.

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Cllr Mark Wright Introduction

  1. 1. Improving citizen involvement through e-democracy in Bristol Cllr Dr Mark Wright Executive Member for Efficiency and Value for Money
  2. 2. Be informed Get involved
  3. 3. <ul><li>Broaden input into local decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Raise understanding of local issues </li></ul><ul><li>Help people to raise issues themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Early engagement on issues </li></ul><ul><li>Create ongoing links with citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Take advantage of new ways to engage people online </li></ul>Why e-democracy?
  4. 4. Developing a range of tools <ul><li>Crowd sourcing websites </li></ul><ul><li>Greater use of social media </li></ul><ul><li>E-bulletin / Twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>ASK Bristol Discussion Forum </li></ul><ul><li>You tube videos </li></ul><ul><li>Webcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood e-forums </li></ul><ul><li>E-petitions </li></ul><ul><li>Online surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive voting </li></ul>2010 2000
  5. 6. A quick tour Of the tools
  6. 9. E-petitions <ul><li>Since 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for citizens to raise issues (bottom-up) </li></ul><ul><li>Used by citizens, groups and councillors </li></ul><ul><li>Onus on citizen to promote their petition – active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest mass online participation in e-democracy we’ve seen in Bristol – stadium petition </li></ul><ul><li>90k+ signatures from over 215 e-petitions so far (Jan 2010) </li></ul>
  7. 10. BCFC Football stadium <ul><li>E-petitions site used by supporters of a new football stadium for Bristol City FC </li></ul><ul><li>New stadium threatened by planning problems </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest and fastest growing e-petition we’ve seen </li></ul><ul><li>29,914 signatures to date and still growing </li></ul>
  8. 11. Webcasting local democracy
  9. 12. Webcasting local democracy <ul><li>Webcasting since 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Webcast meetings of high public interest </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings webcast live and viewable for 6 months </li></ul><ul><li>Typically webcast over 20 hours a month </li></ul><ul><li>Improves accessibility and understanding of local issues and democracy at work </li></ul><ul><li>Watch and comment </li></ul>
  10. 13. Online Public conversations <ul><li>One direction we’re moving in </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the issue with the public at an early stage </li></ul><ul><li>Develop understanding of issues </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate discussion between citizens </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens can publicly air their views or use private comments form </li></ul>
  11. 15. 2010 innovations
  12. 16. Map based crowd sourcing <ul><li>Citizens easily pin point area </li></ul><ul><li>Make a suggestion / Comment / upload photos </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial patterns emerge </li></ul><ul><li>An engaging experience </li></ul><ul><li>Used 3 times by Bristol </li></ul><ul><li>925 comments </li></ul>
  13. 17. Ideas for Bristol <ul><li>NESTA funded project </li></ul><ul><li>Sign-in with FB and Twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul><ul><li>Walk through wizard – informed consultees </li></ul><ul><li>3,654 unique visits </li></ul><ul><li>128 ideas, 377 users, 955 votes </li></ul><ul><li>5 week consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Broadened involvement </li></ul>
  14. 18. Neighbourhood Forums / Hyper local sites
  15. 19. Greater Bedminster Neighbourhood Partnership <ul><li>April 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>1 of 4 e-forums (NP) in city </li></ul><ul><li>251 members </li></ul><ul><li>Local politicians active members </li></ul><ul><li>Community moderators </li></ul><ul><li>A lively forum </li></ul>
  16. 20. The future is hyper-local <ul><li>Extend community websites to our 14 NP areas </li></ul><ul><li>Recruiting community moderators and content providers </li></ul><ul><li>Broad appeal: events, community news, not just NP business </li></ul><ul><li>Strong social media presence: Flickr, Twitter, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Community run </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage more hyper-local sites </li></ul>
  17. 21. The importance of social media
  18. 22. 480,000 Facebook members in Bristol 80% of all under 30 years We can’t afford to ignore this?
  19. 23. Feeds, widgets and e-bulletins <ul><li>2010 moved into social media / letting our content travel </li></ul><ul><li>Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter account: consultations, e-petitions, citizen ideas, webcasts </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook page </li></ul><ul><li>Trying to exploit the viral potential of our tools </li></ul><ul><li>Social media – activism </li></ul>
  20. 24. How e-democracy could develop in the future
  21. 25. <ul><li>Cllr Dr Mark Wright – Thank you for listening </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>