• Mainly about engagement and collaboration using social media and events, with some asides on living in London. More about David Wilcox and also how the blog started.
  • Search


« Gaming at Together We Can | Main | Learning how we all learn differently »


I always enjoy Paul's robust defence of representative democracy (particularly as he's so nice about me) but the lived experience of trying to be a representative isn't quite as clear cut as it might be.

An active and organised citizenry both helps make us more effective and makes us work harder. The groups of activists I have in my ward help me reach further into my community than I'd be able to do on my own and make sure that I understand my own position more clearly when confronted with what they want to achieve.

And its not just a one-way street. I add value to the relationship, by being the human face of what is a remote and sometimes unhelpful bureaucracy, and by reminding them about the limits within which we're able to make a difference.

I reckon that we're probably violently agreeing Andrew. I think that more, and higher quality conversations with Councillors as either participants or spectators can only be a good thing.

But it should be within a framework where people's expectations are that - ultimately - policymaking remains in the hands of people who are elected, and it's a privilege that is open to anyone .... who can get themselves elected. My worry is that some projects are managed without Councillors being central to them - and they create an expectation that can't be met. And then people can declare themselves 'disillusioned' with even more confidence than they did beforehand.

The comments to this entry are closed.