Better Place Forum: Initial Thoughts.

Demsoc and ERS Scotland recently organised and facilitated a forum entitled: ‘A Better Place: Communities, Citizens and Consumers & New Approaches to Social Policy & Public Services’. We are currently compiling a report based on the discussions at the forum, but in the meantime, you can read my initial thoughts over on the What Works […]

Here today, gone tomorrow?

Regular readers of this blog probably need little convincing about the importance of open policymaking and better consultation. This blog is itself a great example of learning-by-doing. And the resources being developed – in particular the frameworks for ideal policy team behaviours and the fledgling matrix should provide a practical toolkit for teams wanting to […]

New INLOGOV pamphlet on how community organising shapes public policy

This is a good read for policymakers who are thinking about on-the-ground delivery of their policies. (That’s everyone, right?) Community organising has a long tradition internationally. It offers a way for communities to recognise their common interests and mobilise to achieve change. Often their target is government, and their desire is to redress disadvantage by […]

Fostering open data – what community news can do

How can community news and info publishers help improve access to local data? asks Mark Headd, chief data officer for the City of Philadelphia, in a Knight Digital Media Centre blogpost. According to Headd, when you ask for data, explain why you want the data, how you hope to help the community with it. According […]

Democracy for New Radicals

I have been shamefully late in responding to three excellent posts by Tessy Britton, all on the theme of whether radicalism (as in Saul Alinsky‘s Rules for Radicals) is a positive or negative force in the age of communities, localism and collaboration. In the second post, Tessy also proposes some Rules for New Radicals. In […]

Open data: we can’t just rely on developers

Developers can’t be the only markets for open data sites – communities and individuals may need to use data in ways that developers, markets and funders don’t understand. Charles Arthur in the Guardian’s technology blog today reposted excerpts from Tom Steinberg’s post on the future of Data.gov, a debate elsewhere in the open data community […]

Lunchtime list for June 2nd

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Affluent communities cast wider social net – Research from Cornell University shows affluent communities tend to have residents who interact with a diverse group of people while people living in less-advantaged communities only talk within their own neighborhoods. THE REALITIES AND RELEVANCE […]