Innovation in Democracy Programme

We’re delighted to tell you about Demsoc’s involvement in the UK Government’s Innovation in Democracy Programme. We will be working with three areas in the planning, design and delivery of Area Democracy Forums – the programme’s name for mini-public deliberative democracy events similar to citizens’ assemblies. The Innovation in Democracy Programme was announced last year […]

Change at the Council: Independent Review of Governance for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Today, The Democratic Society (Demsoc) and the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS) published a report titled Change at the Council: Independent Review of Governance for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Funded by the Local Government Association (LGA), this report is the result of months of research conducted by talking to residents, councillors, council […]

What happens in Huddersfield doesn’t stay in Huddersfield: Ideas for improving engagement in local government from Not Westminster 2017

Yet again ‘Not Westminster’ brought together a fascinating group of people from across the UK who work to put people at the heart of local government, and to improve local democracy, and provided space and opportunity to discuss where we go next. We were particularly inspired by hearing from Emily Warrilow, a Kirklees youth councillor […]

DemsocMCR Launch Event Summary

Last week we launched Demsoc Manchester, our new hub that compliments the work we’re already doing in Brighton, Edinburgh and Brussels. Thanks to everyone who came along and contributed to an interesting and lively discussion. In case you couldn’t make it, here’s a quick summary of what happened on the night!   We asked the […]

DemsocMCR’s Launch Event!

As some of you may know, Demsoc have recently opened a new hub in Manchester, with Beth, Mat and Michelle looking for interesting opportunities to work in the north west to improve democracy, especially around devolution, and local and open government. As part of this new office, we will be launching a brand new series […]

Is Local GDS a good idea?

There is a conversation going on online about the concept of a Local Government Digital Service, modelled on the lines of central government’s GDS. See, for example, Dominic’s tweet, and posts from Carl Haggerty (in 2012) and Richard Copley (on Monday). I can see the appeal of a single solution, a piece of beautiful design […]

Carl Haggerty’s Framework for the future of Digital Local Public Services (@carlhaggerty)

Carl Haggerty of Devon County Council has a very interesting blogpost on what the future of local public services might look like in a digital world. There is a lot of crossover with central government, not just in the fact that many local services are delivered through Whitehall-led organisations. Well worth perusing. The following drawing […]

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 […]

YouTube, Budget Consultations, and how a great blogger made it better still

This post by Helen Reynolds originally appeared on the Digital Monmouthshire Blog. It started back in 2010 – our Cabinet Member for Finance, Phil Murphy, was keen to get more people engaged with proposals we were making to change our budget for the following year.  We decided it might be worth filming him talking about […]

Power-sharing in Place-making

This post is by Nick Wright, and originally appeared on his blog, People, Place and Planning. Over the last five years, co-production and collaboration have become popular – the concepts of people and organisations working together to make better places, with a focus on action. For some examples, look through the case studies in the excellent Compendium […]