A collaborative space to contribute ideas to create a practical guide which is rich in stories, ideas and qualitative research. We will identify links with provisions in the Localism Act and emerging policy around Open Public Services, but this will be a bottom-up guide.
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A few of us in Dudley have been reviewing a range of sources to draw up thinking around what change (and related support) is needed in relation to citizen and community influence in order to respond to public sector reform and localism in empowering ways. We would like to bring things together into a practical guide for colleagues, and hope that members of this Our Society network might be keen to join us, in the hope of crowdsourcing and discussing information which is useful for any area or organisation that is seeking to take an empowering approach (while recognising that we all have locally developed programmes and practice to build on).
To begin, I'm creating discussion threads in order to start grouping information, ideas and examples. Please feel free to dip in to any individual discussions or to initiate new discussion threads which you would find helpful. The starting discussion threads reflect a proposed structure for Dudley's version of Our Society: A Guide. These are drawn from David Wilcox's helpful blog on this site and are:
A note about language: we'd like to challenge the idea of citizens as consumers and 'users' of services in order to nurture a culture in which people are viewed as assets with something to offer to the planning, design, evaluation etc. of public services. In relation to this I'll start a discussion thread about language so that we can mull over which terms are helpful and fit our approach and message, and which are really unhelpful.
In this section we would love you to share your experiences of using different methods, frameworks or toolkits. What knowledge from citizens, community groups or organisations have you gained? It…Continue
What approaches are there to recognising and mapping assets?Has anyone got practical experience and/or examples?What practical support and advice could we give to people new to this approach?Things…Continue
A place to begin discussing citizen and community influence in relation to public service reform, localism and other current policy. I hope that we can also start developing a vision for the…Continue
I guess that the kinds of things which might inform our thinking here include:online networksexamples of networks and networking within and across sectors and themes (e.g. community safety), the…Continue
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