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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]