Local Democracy Bytes

For people who are interested in the good stuff happening around digital and local democracy.

LDBytesLocal Democracy Bytes is a workstream of LocalGov Digital and is a network for councillors, council officers, researchers, providers and citizens that aims to provoke new thinking, share good examples and work on projects and events.

The workstream leads are:

  • Carl Whistlecraft, Kirklees Council
  • Dave Mckenna, City and County of Swansea

How can I get involved?

Join the conversation via twitter or join our LDBytes Club on Knowledge Hub (requires log in and there are rules…)

Our work themes

  • networked councillors
  • social council decision making
  • social council meetings
  • social local elections.

Why Local Democracy Bytes?

Some of the ideas behind Local Democracy Bytes:

  • If we want people to be involved with local policy and decision making we must translate it into something that people can engage with – rock and roll for the masses rather than jazz for the few.

  • Digital and social technologies represent a real opportunity to improve and adapt our interaction and engagement with local communities – doing things differently rather than simply enhancing what we have always done.

  • While local government is usually associated with the services that it provides, we shouldn’t forget about local policy and decision making – digital should be about citizens as well as customers.

  • Reducing budgets make the need for a new democratic relationship more important than ever – nurturing and harnessing the capacity within local communities will be critical.

  • By using digital approaches we can engage young citizens in local democracy and civic participation – and make a virtue of a continuing rise in digital activity alongside the reduction in voting and democratic participation.