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Consultation overload

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 28 September 2012

Government consultations don’t stand on their own – they compete in a marketplace of political engagement opportunities national, local, formal and informal. An interesting snapshot of how crowded that marketplace is comes from Brighton & Hove, where the strategic partnership have undertaken an audit of all “significant or major” consultation activity planned across the local…

Creative Councils: report from Birmingham

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 18 September 2011

Demsoc Governor Catherine Howe has written up our recent trip to Birmingham as part of the We Live Here Creative Councils project, which we’re undertaking with Brighton & Hove City Council, the Brighton & Hove CVSF, Podnosh and Catherine’s company Public-i. Here’s a sample: Two immediate things struck me from the experience, the first was the fact…

CityForum Brighton & Hove launch

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 11 September 2011

One of our current projects is a project called CityForum Brighton & Hove, a trial run for a series of citywide participation events, sponsored by the University of Brighton. We held a launch event in the midst of a torrential downpour last week, and Demsoc governor Catherine Howe has written it up for the Demsoc…

Brighton, Hove and First Past the Post

Profile photo of Anthony Zacharzewski Anthony Zacharzewski 08 May 2011

We were following the elections in our home city of Brighton over on our new Twitter account @DemsocBTN, which we’ll be using for our local activities alongside the main @Demsoc feed. As you might have read in the papers, the Green Party won the most seats, and are likely to form a minority cabinet. The…

Why I’m excited about CityCamp Brighton

Profile photo of Jo Ivens Jo Ivens 02 March 2011

Over the weekend, the Society will be helping to organise CityCamp Brighton, a three-day innovation event in our home city. Here, Jo Ivens writes about why she’s excited about helping to organise it: I’ve worked in central government for the last 4 years and have been impressed, exhilarated, stimulated, surprised and crushed by the experience…