Weeknote: things are shaping up, literally, w/c 1st July


  • We’re working on three prototypes for our next citizen engagement workshop in Halifax with Calderdale Council next week. The prototypes we’ve developed are as a result of our initial engagement where citizens designed the physical tools to use, starting this summer, to have conversations about place with communities. 
  • As part of our work with Frome, we’ll be doing some research on approaches to reaching beyond the usual participants when asking for ideas online 

Last week…

  • We continued to develop our Playbook to support good quality citizen participation. We have started a prototype of what we expect this could look like.
  • We started to collate examples of good participation design to support our iterative and ‘thinking in the open’ principles. If you know of any, send them our way, please! 
  • We also developed a list of questions that we often get asked when working within local authorities; usually about the design and management of participative democracy activities. This will help us best meet the needs of our local authority colleagues in the on-going development of our Playbook; to make it as useful as possible! 

This week we will…

  • Begin to evaluate different participation models and weigh up the challenges and advantages of wide range of techniques. 
  • Further develop the ‘Resources’ section of our website – building up a bank of useful resources we come across that we think would help inform other people’s knowledge too. 

What we’re thinking…

  • When working within a local authority environment, it’s important to involve and get views from a wide range of officers to ensure we uncover all of the experiences, learning and networks within an area. One officer might have the ‘golden nuggets’ of information which can aid a participative design process. 

And finally…

  • Some of our team from mySociety and The Democratic Society are currently at the Local Government Association Conference this week in sunny Bournemouth! If you’re around, and would like to hear more about Public Square, come and see us at ‘The Democracy Hub’, stand P71. If you can’t make it, you can follow the conference at #LGAConf19.