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Innovation in Politics Awards: Week Two Reflections

In week two of Innovation in Politics Awards 2020, we check in with Calderdale Council’s Mike Lodge. We wanted to find out how being part of the judging panel is going and hear some of the issues he’s been wrangling with. “I was given the option as a juror to take a look at each project, part evaluate and return to them later to finish. So I have looked at each of the 17 projects, given them a score and I will return to them later. My thoughts from this week: I predicted this might be a chore – it

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Reflections from the jury

When Mike Lodge of Calderdale Council signed up to join the jury of Innovation in Politics Awards 2020, he wasn’t sure what kind of task this would be. Learning he would be part of a group reviewing 398 projects nominated from all over Europe, this was perhaps more Herculean than anticipated. Calderdale Conversations is one of these projects. Prototypes created by residents as part of Calderdale Council’s Public Square supported project is a very worthy nominee! The idea behind the awards is to help improve politics by recognising creative, ground-breaking effort which achieve real results.  This is regardless of party affiliation or

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Key Ingredients for Co-Production

– Annie Cook, Namita Kambli At first glance the phrase ‘Co-Production’ might seem straightforward. Yet there exists a daunting array of writing on the topic, leading to as many definitions of this term as there are interpretations. Despite no single agreed upon definition, we have found that most good Co-Production does have certain key ingredients that define it:  recognition that everyone has something to contribute sharing of power giving agency to those often not included in processes that affect their lives To unpack these ideas and better understand how they work in practice, we brought together an inspiring panel of

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Catch-up: Watch Back Our Event, Co-Production in 2020

A massive thank you to those who were able to join us for Public Square’s event Co-Production in 2020 – Democracy in Action, yesterday. Watch the webinar and follow the fascinating discussions in your own time. If you missed it, not to worry! We’ve shared a recording of the event on our website here alongside a record of the chat transcript. Grab a drink, put your feet up and enjoy. We will be adding subtitles to the YouTube video below very shortly.    Post-event Reflections You can read all about the event in this highlights report. Future Events If you’d

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What is Co-Production in 2020? Join our webinar to find out!

Join Public Square and our panel of experts for our first event on Co-Production taking place on 8th July, 1500-1630 UK time. We’ll hear as they share how they’ve tackled issues of inclusion, empowerment and equality. We’ll explore why they believe Co-Production and greater participation may hold the answers to strengthening UK democracy whilst delivering better outcomes for all. With growing appetite among the public to be heard and involved in decision-making, the benefits of Co-Production aren’t just felt by organisations: In “a working model of Co-Production… people reported a sense of belonging and learning allowing them to manage their

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Understanding the Public

A guest blog by Dr Nikki Soo from the Crick Centre.  When we set out to develop research on the theme ‘Studying the Public’ at the Crick Centre, there was a realisation amongst colleagues here at Sheffield that the idea of the public, along with the definition of the term, was both intuitive yet highly contested. The etymology of the term suggests that ‘public’ describes something ‘open to general observation’, or something ‘concerning the public as a whole’. However, we all understand and study the public in very different ways, from nationally representative surveys, to studies of small, localised groups. What do

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Weeknotes: It’s all go – Glasgow, w/c 9th September 2019

Headlines This week we are working with Frome Town Council to support the design of their participatory budgeting process – with community-level decision-making built in to the idea refinement stage.  We’re also working with Glasgow City Council to map our next steps for the programme as we edge closer to being able to finally talk about what we’re working on together!  Last week… We supported Glasgow City Council to prepare for a service managers meeting – by providing outputs and materials from our initial scoping/idea generation workshops in late July. This meeting was to agree internal capacity management and resources

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Weeknotes: Having Genuine Conversations, w/c 26th August 2019

Headlines Delivery of community engagement training in Halifax  Getting YourPriorities launched, and starting to plan an in-person idea sifting event in Frome. Last week… Making sure all materials were prepped and facilitators were briefed so we could deliver effective training for Calderdale Council colleagues and residents who will be part of delivering the ‘Calderdale Conversations’ programme (developed with us!)  Sharing final outputs from our workshops a few weeks ago in Glasgow with our delivery partners as we look to move into the next phase of our programme there.  Ironing out a few last minute hitches in getting the ideas that

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Public Square and playbooks

Our work focuses on citizen engagement in local democracy, and we think a playbook could form a key part of this project. Playbooks are a proven way to share the practical lessons we learn from the work we’re undertaking. Our aim is to ensure that none of our learning is lost, and that it is shared with practitioners who face similar challenges in the future in as useful and accessible a way as possible. We’re planning a series of guides, case studies and research presented in a clear and accessible playbook format, to be used by councils and other public

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Why We Need To Talk – The Talking Shop

A discussion with Yvonne Murphy about The Talking Shop concept Here at Public Square we’re always on the looking to find out the ways in which people are developing quality opportunities for local people to be more involved in making local decisions; having their voices heard. So last week, we caught up with Yvonne Murphy, Artistic Director and Executive Producer at Omidaze Productions. We were really excited to learn more about The Talking Shop, which Yvonne recently led in Cardiff, South Wales, to put her theory that the arts, culture and participatory democracy are intrinsically linked to the test. As

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