Global Local Executive Panel: Community engagement done well

Key areas of exploration

  • How to link up citizens’ assemblies and the public with the institutional structure of local government
  • How to productively collaborate between local governments and the public
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in community engagement
  • Using the results of community engagement projects in a meaningful and impactful way
  • Engaging rural communities where in-person connections are even more important
  • Examining power and decision-making in community engagement

Speakers include

Kersten England CBE, Former Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, England

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive, Longford County Council, Ireland

Iain Walker, Executive Director, newDemocracy, Australia

Scott Waters, CEO, Moreton Bay City Council, Australia

Rewatch the session:

Resource pack: Community engagement and local democracy

Community champion chained to civic engagement – Catch up with Cllr Kevin Etheridge

We recently caught up with Cllr Kevin Etheridge, winner of the Community Champion award at the 2021 England and Wales Cllr Awards, to hear about his big win, how the community has responded… Dive into the blog!

Deliberative Democracy in Belgium - The introduction of a citizen’s council

This briefing follows a previous LGIU report into local government in Belgium that analysed the levels of decentralisation in the country’s political infrastructure. Read the full briefing…

Dublin Citizens’ Assembly on mayoral government

In February 2022, the Oireachtas (Irish Houses of Parliament) established an 80-person Citizens’ Assembly to consider the type of directly-elected mayor and local government structures best suited for Dublin. Read the full briefing…

Global Local bulletin: Using technology for better community engagement

This week, we’re putting the spotlight on how local governments can better utilise digital technologies to improve public participation. Is the future of democracy digital? Read this edition now!

LGIU@40 Collection: Participation

Participation is the cornerstone of our democracy and, by extension, local government and its mandate. With turnout at local elections often low and disengagement with traditional politics on the rise… Explore the collection!

Neighbourhood engagement - how local government can effectively deliver participation

Despite legislated participatory measures enacted to enable decentralised government, neighbourhood issues are not always addressed. When this happens communities sometimes Read the full briefing…

Practical tips to get the most out of your community engagement

While critical for meeting local governments’ ethical and statutory obligations, community engagement can quickly become the costliest component of strategic projects. Explore the briefing…

Promoting participatory planning in a rural community – the case of Asdee, Co. Kerry

The village of Asdee is the ancestral home of the outlaw Jesse James, and a local establishment proudly bears his name.  Asdee sits on the southern side of the Shannon Estuary, in the Read the full briefing…

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