Mentoring for democratic innovation – a new way of working?

Mentoring for democratic innovation – a new way of working?

Democratic innovation can sometimes be challenging because people underestimate what it takes to run a successful process, but with strategic support these processes can be much easier to grasp, and with more confidence, much easier to deliver. In a recent project (Civic Activism Programme) in Northern Ireland we worked with our friends at Building Change Trust (BCT) and Involve to run a mentoring programme to support local democratic innovation projects. The aim of the Civic Activism Programme was to trial innovative ways of engaging with local communities, and BCT recognised that programme projects would…Read more

Innovation – are we ready for it to be a part of our DNA?

This post originally appeared on the LGA Knowledge Hub.  This blog post has been on my to do list ever since I visited Denmark a few weeks ago as part of the Bruce Lockhart Scholarship piece for the Local Government Challenge. I'm now watching the LG Digital tweets coming out and it's forced me to get it out of my head! I went, with colleagues working on Shaped By Us and from Monmouthshire's Creative Councils team to go and see how Denmark does local government innovation. They are an exemplar, having an organisation completely…Read more

Dear Funders…

Back at the Edgeryders conference in June, I worked with a group of other participants on alternatives to existing models of innovation funding. Over the last few months, we've been working on a draft letter, which we've collaboratively drafted. Here it is: [scribd id=106956665 key=key-1nckhfbdildr7lbxfn3g mode=scroll]Read more

Media regulation: leave hyperlocal out of this

Damian Radcliffe is the author of “Here and Now – UK hyperlocal media today”. In this post he argues that at a time when media and digital regulation is under review, hyperlocal media should be left alone. This is a contribution to our media regulation discussion event on Wednesday afternoon. The recent announcement of £1m in funding for new hyperlocal ventures is a welcome shot in the arm for this nascent media industry. The UK is full of great examples of hyperlocal activity. However issues of trust, scalability and sustainability are all key…Read more

Technology for engagement?

How do we create a positive vision of Localism? How do we ensure that everyone who wants a say can have a say? What role can new technologies play in answering these big questions? Add these questions to a wifi keyboard, a bank of red sofas and some deep fried nibbles and you've got yourself an interesting evening. These questions and more were discussed last night in the lovely surrounds of the BFI at an event run by Sandbox part of the University of Central Lancashire. It was a chance to use their…Read more

Creating democratic, scalable innovation

Skunkworks image on a Lockheed Martin hangar. Image via Wikipedia There has been a big response to Dave Briggs's blogpost, Is there a need for a local government skunkworks?, some of which Dave summarises here. Dave's point goes beyond the traditional technology-prototyping skunkworks, familiar from companies like Lockheed Martin, and I think he is really asking "do we need to have a machine/structure that will create and implement innovation in local government?". The answer is yes, both for local and national government, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to talk about some thinking…Read more

Lunchtime list for June 18th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Govt skunkworks planned for November - Plans for internal experiments - but just on process, or more widely? A sudden lack of clarity - What's happening to the English regions? Abolition? More consultation? It's not entirely clear. Experts and plebs - Tne TV World Cup pundits are revelling in their ignorance of anything outside the PremiershipRead more