2010 - 2009 - 2008

External links

Post barcamp Edit

Diary UK January 2009 Edit

Involvement Edit

from the point of view of Sustainable Community Action

Philralph1 Phil Green - Talk - Kent

3 tags - Sustainability - Community involvement - wiki
Offer - to facilitate a discussion on Deepening local demcoracy.
Other interests - Political Theory 2.0, the search for shared meaning, Wikis in government, Innovative Consultations: how can citizen input have more impact?, G20 to we20, What hasn't happened since the last one (BarcampUKGovweb (2008)

Deepening local demcoracy Edit

News Edit

UK January 2009

  • Only 39 per cent of people feel they can influence decisions affecting their local area. 22 per cent feel they could influence decisions affecting Great Britain, January 29 [1] Both measures remain unchanged since 2007/08 but both have fallen since 2001. These findings come from the Citizenship Survey: April - September 2008 (covering the first two quarters of data from the 2008-09 survey).

USA January 2009

  • White House plans open government, January 22 [2] place

UK December 2008

  • Prime Minister calls for more investment in technology and eco-friendly industries, December 8 [3] “We have looked at how, just as many years ago investment in road and rail and infrastructure was a powerful stimulus to the economies then, so too in this new age we can invest in the digital infrastructure for the future.”

Travel less, connect more, deeper local democracy? Edit

  • Transport accounts for 28% of UK carbon dioxide emissions and with growing road traffic and flights is expected to increase. Source: Campaign for Better Transport, November 24 2008
  • Committee on Climate Change recommends a minimum 34% cut in GHG emissions by 2020, November 30 [4]

Success stories Edit

More and better connected, deeper local democracy? Edit

  • All of the businesses surveyed for a Campaign for Better Transport alternatives to aviation report said that teleconferencing can reduce the need to travel, October 10. [5] This need could be reduced still further if the Government worked closely with businesses to increase the take-up of teleconferencing technology.
  • "Multi-purpose conference centres become more prevelant and the definition of a conference gets increasingly stretched. Large flexibly designed conference rooms are re-purposed for everything from film festivals to roller-blading contests on different days. These are the social centres of the city and one of the main reasons for coming into the city." [6]
  • Just 38 per cent of respondents to the Citizenship Survey (April 2007 - March 2008) felt able to influence decisions in their local area whilst only 39 per cent of people were involved in some kind of civic participation such as attending a public meeting, signing a local petition or contacting a local councillor. The findings tally closely with data from this year's local elections which showed average voter turnout at around 40 per cent or less. Source: Communities and Local Government June 26
  • six in ten people do not feel they are given an adequate say on how local council services are run;
  • more than 9 in 10 people believe accountability of councils could be improved;
  • nearly four in 10 people do not feel councillors are representative of their communities and six in 10 do not believe they adequately reflect their views.

Source: Communities and Local Government, March 5 2008

  • 37 per cent of people feel they can influence decisions affecting their local area. 20 per cent feel they could influence decisions affecting Great Britain. Source: 2007 Citizenship Survey, Communities and Local Government. Both measures have fallen since 2001 where they were at 44 per cent and 25 per cent respectively.

Other questions Edit

Deeper questions about the role of government Edit

Village cinema Edit

Us Now. Added: November 25, 2008. About 2 min.
Clay Shirky - Future Transformations. Added: July 24, 2008. About 5 min.

Related Edit

Img13714 SCA

Gutza Wikipedia logo1 Wikipedia

  • Web 3, on greenlivingpedia (deleted from Wikipedia)

External links Edit

Diary - Index - International - UK - Img13713 Village pump

SCA Wiki - Places, projects & networks - Ideas Bank - News - Diary - Resources - Community / Avoid adverts


  1. Communities and Local Government, January 29
  2. BBC news, technology, January 22
  3., December 8
  4. Committee on Climate Change, November 30
  5. Campaign for Better Transport, October 10.
  6. Future Wikia, article on Town Planning

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.