How Does Greater Manchester Decide What Gets Built Where; and How Does Your Voice Fit In?

How Does Greater Manchester Decide What Gets Built Where; and How Does Your Voice Fit In?

Through the Space in Common project we are using a series of workshops to learn how we create more constructive and inclusive conversations about what gets built where in Greater Manchester and beyond. In our latest workshop we were fortunate to have a planner from a local council present to talk us through how this works at the moment, and what it looks like from the inside. This blog shares what we learnt. Deciding how Greater Manchester Takes Shape: How it works Central government publishes a National Planning Policy Framework that sets out…Read more
Helping Communities Shape What Gets Built Where: What Needs to Change?

Helping Communities Shape What Gets Built Where: What Needs to Change?

Through the Space in Common project we are using a series of workshops to learn how we create more constructive and inclusive conversations about what gets built where in Greater Manchester and beyond. At each of these we have brought together a group of people interested in the topic from a range of different angles. In our latest workshop we were fortunate to have a planner from a local council to talk us through how this works at the moment, and what it looks like from the inside. You can see what we…Read more

The B-word, and its place in a democratic community.

By Marian Cramers The best conversations take place at round tables, with a few diverse people, and an bold, ambitious topic. The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt has understood this, and has established a tradition of European Tables, culminating in a Forum held last week, to give the ideas generated a big lift. Kelly McBride and I were there from Demsoc. Over the past year, the European Tables have dealt with Identity, migration and the impact of technology on the European jobs market. At the Forum, where participants from those tables met each other,…Read more

Cities and Civic Resilience. There is always one step forward.

By Anthony Zacharzewski Where better to think about the future of cities than in a city that feels frozen in time? Last week I was at the Venice Forum on the Future of Cities, part of the Shaping the City strand of the Venice Architecture Biennale, talking about new ways of governing in cities. With me were our hosts, from UNDP, and a range of city leaders and civic innovators from places as different as Mogadishu and Birmingham. We spent two intense days thinking about the future of city governance. What did I…Read more
A Better Debate About What’s Built Where: What We’ve Learnt So Far

A Better Debate About What’s Built Where: What We’ve Learnt So Far

Deciding what gets built where is often an intensely fraught subject of debate, as Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework consultation showed. Space in Common is a project exploring whether a better quality of debate is possible on this subject in Greater Manchester. To start the discussion off, we brought together a small group with a stake in this issue from a range of different standpoints to talk about their experiences of this topic and to start thinking about what a better conversation might look like. What did we learn? It’s currently really hard to…Read more

Space and Heritage, to build Democracy.

By Ivan Tornesi The conceptual meaning of the Greek words that compose Democracy are δῆμος and κράτος, people and power. They have come to mean that all citizens, no one excluded, have the right to exercise participation to influence, control, take part to decisions, elect and be elected, with the aim of obtaining the best form of government. Yet is that the life we live today? The current state of Italian and European democracy’s health is strongly affected by the crisis of large mass parties and in general intermediate bodies. Those channels, which…Read more

Bruegel Annual Meeting – The Missing Link

by Anthony Zacharzewski I spent this morning at the Bruegel Annual Meeting, kicking off the autumn with economics and geopolitics. Several high level speakers talked about the EU’s future economic policy and geostrategy (armies, hard power, soft power and so on), but for me there was a critical missed connection. It was clearest in the economy panel. The speakers talked about the impact of the Trump presidency on trade, how Brexit was going to damage the EU and the UK, and the importance of acting at regional and local level on skills and…Read more
GM Democracy Hub

GM Democracy Hub

Last Wednesday, Demsoc Manchester hosted the first Greater Manchester Democracy Hub, with The Politics Project. Aiming to identify, map and connect everyone working in the Greater Manchester region to improve democracy in innovative ways, we organised an event for those people to meet, share their work and network. Whilst there is a lot of wonderful work happening in this area, it seems that no one is aware of all of it, and even those with similar plans and ambitions haven’t crossed paths. We wanted to rectify this, as we think that collaboration and…Read more
European Citizens’ Consultations: call for civil society links

European Citizens’ Consultations: call for civil society links

If your organisation would like to be a link, please complete this short form: https://goo.gl/forms/lDzRtYXzAe3urMHq1  The ECC Civil Society Network are seeking expressions of interest from civil society organisations (CSOs) that can function as national links between the core network and the member states. The network aims to make the ongoing conversation around the future of Europe as joint as possible, to support positive and broader engagement in the different consultation approaches available, and to use the consultations to start to build a network of organisations interested in connecting up the European conversation…Read more
Help create a more constructive debate about the shape of Greater Manchester

Help create a more constructive debate about the shape of Greater Manchester

  Deciding what we should build where always seems to stoke intense emotions and conflict. Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework set out plans for how land could be best used across the city region. The resulting consultation gave voice to a kaleidoscope of different concerns and interests but generated very little in the way of constructive discussion. With a consultation on a new draft currently planned for October, we thought now was a great time to ask how we create better conversations about the future shape of Greater Manchester. You can help us explore…Read more