Democracy

Catherine at LGComms Academy – Beyond communications: engagement through to democracy

We'll be at LGComms Academy on Wednesday for what should be a really interesting meeting of local and central government people who work in communications. What we'll be doing We're hoping that we'll be able to spice things up a bit in Catherine's breakout session at 2 pm, entitled: Beyond communications engagement through to democracy, where she ...

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My first month at Public-i

Before my first day at Public-i, I was excited but also a little bit overwhelmed. Here I am, a journalism graduate, about to dive into something slightly more technical than what I was used to. I knew my nervous state was unnecessary, mainly because when I thought about it, this wasn’t unfamiliar territory at all. ...

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What is genuine engagement in a networked world?

Public-i is collaborating with our friends at the Democratic Society and OCSI to bring local government an open and networked approach to engagement. By getting together we’re combining our unique sets of skills to create what we believe is an exciting, attractive package offering genuine engagement. Of course that begs a question: what is ‘genuine engagement’? Well, for ...

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Making the most of Local Democracy Week

After all the excitement of the Olympics and Paralympics the idea of celebrating local democracy might seem a bit, well… ‘after the lord mayor’s show’. But for hundreds of councils Local Democracy Week, from the 15th to the 21st October, represents the best chance of convincing young people that local government matters and is worthy of their attention. In the ...

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What will council-meeting law changes mean for transparency?

Yesterday Eric Pickles announced that  members of the public who want to report on council meetings will be offered the same privileges enjoyed by accredited press. The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said that new regulations, to come into force in September, will ensure greater public scrutiny and give bloggers and users of ...

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