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Community Health Action: Four Citizens Inquiries in Dudley Borough 2019

Between September and November 2019, over fifty residents from four areas of Dudley Borough took part in seven sessions of deliberation, to produce a set of recommendations to answer the question:
“For people living in Dudley Borough, what can we all do together to help people be healthy”
Members of the four Citizens Inquiries shared their experiences and opinions in a highly participatory process, supplemented by community research conducted in their neighbourhoods by 18 Inquiry members.

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Lancaster District People’s Jury on Climate Change

Thirty local people are helping to develop a new action plan to tackle one of the biggest issues facing the world today – climate change. Lancaster City Council has convened a People’s Jury on climate change, a pioneering way of involving ordinary people in advising the council and others on how best to combat the problem. Shared Future CIC are facilitating the Peoples’ Jury, which is being held at the Storey Institute in Lancaster over February and March 2020

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Participatory Budgeting and Social Enterprise: Latest research report by SFCIC

What links Participatory Budgeting and Social Enterprise? Through reflecting on long-term qualitative learning of Participatory Budgeting in the UK, viewed through a social economy lens, we found that Participatory Budgeting, in and of itself, stimulates the development of new cooperatives and sustained social action.

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Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury November 2019.

‘What should Leeds do about the emergency of climate change?’ This was the question that 25 randomly selected residents from across the Leeds city region agreed to thrash out over nine sessions between September and November 2019. Their bold recommendations make fascinating reading; taking back control of the local bus services into public ownership, the halting of local airport expansion, retrofitting of housing through local social enterprises and more.

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Does Participatory Budgeting always require a vote?

Voting at a PB event

There is a very real desire to make Participatory Budgeting more deliberative and thoughtful. One of the concerns about voting is that it doesn’t force people to think through the options. That PB needs more deliberation. Nevertheless Jez Hall of PB Partners/Shared Future CIC argues that the vote is crucial for legitimacy and trust within a PB processes.

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Report of Our Money Our Planet Workshops

Our Money our Planet cover image

There is overwhelming evidence that we are in a climate emergency. Government can seem paralysed in the face of this complex issue. This report outlines some possible ways to make some progress, based on our experience and knowledge of participatory approaches, which put citizens into the driving seat of decision-making whilst improving transparency and governance at a local authority level.

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Deliberative Commissioning, 2nd July, Manchester: Resource page

Presentations at Deliberative commissioning

At our free afternoon event on Tuesday 2nd July in Central Manchester, running during National Co-Production Week (1st-5th July 2019) we offered an opportunity for Health and Social Care professionals to learn about citizens inquiries, juries and assemblies and explore their increasing relevance to person-centred health care and towards supporting effective co-production. Download the event resources on this page

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Reframing care for our world as participatory people-led politics

“The natural world is being destroyed and it is a moral imperative to preserve and reconstitute as much of it as possible as soon as possible.” In this blog Jez Hall discusses how re-framing the debate on climate change is about how we build a fairer, greener, and political ‘shared future’. One where dialogue, social action and a people powered democracy is our new normal.

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Common Values: What links Participatory Budgeting, Cooperatives and Social Enterprise?

Woman at a community meeting, holding up a 'Building Vibrant Community' ideas sheet

How do the values of cooperation, social enterprise and democratic local governance link? How can we engage communities better, promote democracy and social action, and thereby effect real long-term change? Does Participatory Budgeting encourage a culture of cooperative and social enterprise. And if so, is that because of underlying common values? What do you think?

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