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.
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.
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.