Democracy in Sheffield
Jason Leman, Simon Duffy, Mark Gamsu and Joyce Bullivant have begun an exploration of how Sheffield could create a vibrant and democratic city of over half a million citizens.
The process has been begun by hosting two events as part of the City's Festival of Debate.
The first event was held on 17th May and there were presentations from:
Kate Faulkes of Barnsley Council explained how the Council were working differently to change their relationship with local communities:
Ros Dawson explained how she and other local citizens set about creating the new town council of Bingley in order to bring leadership and development to their community:
Jonny Douglas outlined some of the creative work social entrepreneurs and community activists were already doing in Sheffield and outlined how one local area - Sharrow - might be transformed.
Joyce Bullivant explained how communities of interest - specifically the Heritage community - can be leaders in community change, but also how challenging this was if the Council did not listen.
Simon Duffy explained how powerless and undemocratic all local government in England has become and how we might raise our expectations about what is possible:
The next event on this theme will be on 26th June where we will ask "What Kind of NHS Do We Really Want?"
We are using #DemocracySheffield to gather resources on Twitter.