(POSTPONED) Participatory Democracy - Putting 'Local' back into Local Government
Wed 1st Apr
10:30am - 11:30am
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* This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

There has been a growing demand and recognition that Scotland requires a fundamental change in how public services work and how citizens are engaged and involved in decisions that affect their lives and their communities.

This change has implications for the type of leadership that is required, both in organisations and communities. As elected members are both leaders in councils, and leaders within their communities, you can be at the forefront of this change.

This raises questions about your role as an elected member, such as:

  • How do you navigate the tension between representing your community and making decisions on their behalf, while supporting people to be involved in decisions that affect their lives and their communities?
  • What do you do when you ask communities to take decisions on how to spend money (for example through Participatory Budgeting), and you disagree with the decisions they take?
  • What parts of you role do you need to step back from when communities are given a greater say in decision-making?
  • What parts of your role are amplified?

This webinar will be presented by David O'Neill, a former elected member who chaired the Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy, and will explore:

  • Why we need a more participatory democracy?
  • What the role of elected members is in a participatory democracy?
  • Challenges and tensions you will face as an elected member and how you overcome them