In mid July last year, clinic discussion of the Big Society led to the idea of a Social App Store. Suggested initially by David Wilcox as a means to hold a variety of community tools to support the common good, others have now come on board to step up to the challenge. In this post, John Popham describes how the challenge is now on to identify and bring these tools and guides together to support both online and offline interaction. Free and cheap tools needed. Any ideas, help, how to guides etc please get in touch with John.
I’m definitely not against decentralisation of power, medical but am wondering how the 6 steps from Big Society to Big Government illustrated in Decentralisation and Localism: An Essential Guide will pan out in practice. Also thinking some local governments will find it extremely challenging to support decentralisation with fewer staff and funds to enable localism and real community empowerment. Some local people have been stepping up to the mark for a long time but it won’t necessarily happen in the areas that most need it.
The Bettermeans tool offers an opportunity to move away from outdated command and control structures towards a much fairer system of participatory involvement. Decision-making, cialis project management and governance tools can be used openly, prostate efficiently and democratically, allowing everyone to take part equally. Could be very useful in creating less tokenistic locality working and community planning in the Big Society.
The Big Society Network and the National Endowment for Science, salve Technology and the Arts (NESTA) with support from the Participatory Budgeting Unit has launched ‘Your Local Budget, order ‘ a new a project designed to give people a say in how mainstream local authority budgets are spent. Ten local authorities across the country will now develop new ways to involve local people in tough spending decisions, building on the pioneering approaches to Participatory Budgeting that have been developed around the world. The key aim is to harness the knowledge, ideas and capacity of local people to find more innovative and effective solutions to the financial and other challenges that now face public services. Another challenge is to increase public engagement on vital issues and improve trust. To coincide with the launch on 3rd November, NESTA is publishing a report, ‘Your Local Budget,’ which sets out the ambition behind the Your Local Budget programme and how it fits into the wider context of ‘people-powered public services’.
<h3 style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Cambria, treat ‘Times New Roman’, help Times, serif; line-height: 1.1; margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 5px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 5px; padding-left: 0px;”>Local authorities, the Police, Fire Service and other organisations in UK might want to consider the following success factors for engaging with local people. Reference: Terry Amsler of the Collaborative Governance Initiative (Canada). Continue reading Public Engagement