Democracy

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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Exactly how digital do we need our leaders to be?

This is a cross post with Catherine's own blog. To read the original go here. I have had a fascinating week – firstly at the LGA Annual Conference and then at an APCC event to brief Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates (other briefings included Sir Hugh Orde and the heads of both SOCA and the new NCA so it was an ...

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