Innovating Local Democracy Conference

27 - 28 January, 2020

Manchester M3 3ER, UK
The International Week for Democratic Innovation comprises a series of conferences in Manchester at the end of January on deliberative democracy and other forms of participatory decision-making. This event gives interested Fellows a chance to get involved, and is geared towards establishing ideas, connections and perhaps some concrete actions for the RSA North network in 2020

Innovating Local Democracy Conference

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27 - 28

Innovating Local Democracy Conference

Manchester M3 3ER, UK


Ed Cox, Director of Public Services and Communities, The RSA
Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society, Minister for Civil Society, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Katy Ashton, Director of People’s History Museum
Kaela Scott, Head of Democratic Innovation, Involve
Anthony Zacharzewski, President, The Democratic Society
Mark Cridge, Chief Executive, mySociety
Professor Graham Smith
Peter MacLeod, co-founder and Principal, Mass LBP, Canada
Participatory democracy and health data
Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Borough Council
Claudia Chwalisz, Policy Analyst, OECD
Viscount Younger, Minister for Faith and Communities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Yago Bermejo
Marcin Gerwin
Jacqui McKinlay
Mel Stevens
Suzannah Lansdell
Alex Parsons
Louise Crow
Ruth Ibegbuna, Director, the Roots Programme
Peter Bryant
How to Evaluate Participatory Democracy
The Dudley's People Panel
Participatory Democracy in Glasgow
The Greater Cambridge Citizen's Assembly
The 'Democratic Revolution' in Frome
Participatory Democracy in Camden
Participatory Democracy & Health Data
I've announced a climate emergency, now what?
What is Participatory Budgeting and when does it work?
Deliberative Democracy in Canada
Participatory Democracy in Calderdale
The Test Valley Citizen's Assembly
Participatory Democracy in Barking & Dagenham
The Oxford Citizen's Assembly
Deliberative Democracy & E-Democracy in Spain
Deliberative Democracy in Poland
How to do Good Scrutiny
Designing Innovative Participation
Digital Technology & Civic Engagement
Waltham Forest: Can citizen assemblies address complex social policy challenges?
Session topics and locations to be displayed in Engine Room
Miriam Levin, Head of Community Action, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Westminster (panel chair)
Oxford citizens' assembly
How do we skill up different actors in deliberative and participatory democracy across the UK?
How do we move from a culture of 'managing' to 'welcoming' resident involvement?
How do we make sure these processes have impact?
How to make deliberative democracy truly inclusive (e.g. race, class, age, disability)?
When NOT to use a citizens' assembly?


10:00 - 10:30

Registration, Coffee

10:30 - 10:45


The People's History Museum

10:45 - 11:15

Setting the Context

The People's History Museum

11:15 - 11:45

Different Models of Democracy

The People's History Museum

11:45 - 12:45

Case Studies Round 1

The People's History Museum

12:45 - 13:35


13:35 - 14:30

Breakout sessions Round 1

The People's History Museum

Occupancy: 1 / 150

14:30 - 14:55

Unconference Sessions Voting

The People's History Museum

14:55 - 15:50

Unconference Sessions Round 1

The People's History Museum

Occupancy: 4 / 150

15:50 - 16:15

Refreshment Break

16:15 - 16:45

Feedback from Breakout Sessions

The People's History Museum

Occupancy: 0 / 150

16:45 - 17:00

Keynote Speaker

The People's History Museum

Peter MacLeod, co-founder and Principal, Mass LBP, Canada

17:00 - 19:45

Evening drinks reception in museum cafe

The People's History Museum