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How to tell the story of a citizens’ assembly

As part of the Innovation in Democracy Programme, The Democratic Society and the Royal Society of Arts have published a short guide on how to tell the story of citizens’ assemblies.

You can read the PDF guide here. 

The short guide concentrates on how to report on a Citizens’ Assembly as it happens:

  • Creating live and prepared content on the assembly
  • How to use social media as part of an assembly and
  • The options for live streaming, and live audio.

You’ll find the guide published on Involve’s web page dedicated to the programme, along with other guides – published by partners of the programme.

Our partners, mySociety, have also published guides on Digital Tools for Citizens’ Assemblies and a guide on Practical Guidance on Citizens’ Assembly Websites. 

The Innovation in Democracy Programme is supporting three local authorities to involve citizens in decision-making using citizens’ assemblies. Involve, the Democratic Society, mySociety and the RSA are providing support to each of the local authorities to design, run and report on their deliberative mini-public.

The programme is being jointly run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

Three local authorities are being supported to carry out citizens’ assemblies:

  • Test Valley: How do we improve the area around Crosfield Hall and the Bus Station to deliver the maximum benefit to Romsey? 
  • Dudley: What can communities and the Council do together to make Dudley and Brierley Hill town centres places that are vibrant, welcoming and somewhere we are proud of? How will we know we are making a difference in: 12 months; 3 years; by 2030?
  • Greater Cambridge: How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge?

If you want to find out more about the programme by visiting the Government’s own IiDP webpage.

Local democracy

Our work on local democracy includes a range of projects, from those based across multiple council-sites, such as the Luminate-funded Public Square project and the Innovation in Democracy Project (IiDP), to working directly with councils including the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to the London Borough of Camden. Outside the UK, we ran a citizen-led, year-long ‘Festival of Participation’ in Messina, Italy.

Participatory budgeting

A growing part of our Local Democracy work includes Participatory Budgeting (PB). From 2015/16 we became the digital support partners for the Scottish Government’s programme to encourage the adoption of Participatory Budgeting in Scotland, and are now working on PB in the Netherlands. Our resource highlights include our podcast series, Weighing Digital, An Experts’ Guide, and webinar series about making your own PB process which you can watch on the Demsoc Youtube channel.

Data and digital

Data and digital technologies, smart cities, and other technological innovations are having a profound impact on democracy, presenting both potential pitfalls and extraordinary opportunities. Our data and digital practice seeks to understand how to build better democracy and strengthen our digital rights in a time of technological change.O

Open Government

We are delivering the Open Government Network for Europe (OGNfE), and have been involved in the Open Government Partnership, attending this year’s OGP Summit in Ottawa. Our open government work centres on connecting and driving efforts for open, accountable and citizen-centred government.

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