local government

What should I do with my council's Community Engagement Strategy?

Answer: Bin it.

Most are superficial rubbish. An Engagement Strategy needs to understand and identify the council’s willingness to share power and be a genuine partner with communities. If your council doesn’t have a clear position on this - read on.

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

Is your organisation's engagement strategy in the red zone? Introducing 'Messy Democracy'

We live in an age of ‘messy democracy’. Citizens are seeking more genuine engagement in decision-making. And it’s messy because often different people have different demands all at the same time! Where does your organisation usually sit on the ‘messy democracy matrix’?