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