Consultation overload

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

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

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

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 […]