Category Archives: What I’m working on

#Notwestminster 2017: and breathe

On the Saturday morning of Notwestminster 2017, we heard an extraordinary talk from 15 year old Emily Warrillow. Continue reading

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Notwestminster 2016 – at the still point of the soundscape (EP)

At the intersection of our conversations about local governance, open data, personal experience and civic tech, Notwestminster has created a space in which we can make things happen and find ways to improve our local democracy. Continue reading

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22 things you said that I won’t forget (from #localgovcamp 2015 & #LDMaker15)

I’ve been away from LocalGovCamp for five years. But this time I made it. Here are your little voices in my head telling me that there’s much to be done and not to be afraid of doing it… Continue reading

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My #notwestminster journey

On Saturday 7th February 2015 I helped to bring around 80 people together in Huddersfield for Local Democracy for Everyone – We’re not in Westminster any more. This blog is about how (and why) I got here… Continue reading

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Telling tales about local digital democracy

Election Tales is something that we first tried in 2011 as a way of opening up the elections process by telling some of the stories behind the local elections. Continue reading

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Shared Spaces: A tale of two grapevines

A blog written to accompany The Young Foundation‘s final report on the Local 2.0 project: Local 2.0 How digital technology empowers local communities (pdf) A little over two years ago, I became one of the guardians of a scruffy patch … Continue reading

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Knowing your place

“The second law of Herodotus, pertaining not only to history but also to human life, is that human happiness never remains long in the same place.” [Travels with Herodotus, Ryszard Kapuscinski]  How does a neighbourhood hang on to its happiness? The … Continue reading

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