Citizen Participation in Our Economy
This section contains resources to help us involve people in creating and re- designing an economy fit for the 21st century. Intended for Devon audiences but useful for beyond this small corner of the South West, UK.
See our more pages on our 'knowledge hub' for more useful resources:
Do let us know if you found these resources useful or are involved in local activity to apply any of these examples where you are. And indeed if you have any case studies or other resources that will be helpful.
Lets dive in!
Devon Climate Assembly
Devon Climate Emergency are holding a citizens’ assembly to consider how Devon should meet the big challenges of climate change.
Building a Public Culture of Economics report
This report by Reema Patel, Kayshani Gibbon and Tony Greenham, sets out the findings from the RSA Citizens’ Economic Council, a nationwide programme of work prototyping a range of democratic innovations on economic policy. The Council aimed to be a catalyst for sparking a broader public discussion about the goals and priorities of economic policy.
Trust the People
Free training on community organising, group support, community assemblies and more. TRUST THE PEOPLE is a movement of community builders - open to everyone -sharing deliberative democratic tools to support local communities in dealing with global crisis, like the ones we face today.
Article by Jay Tompt
Citizen-led Economic Transition – a four point framework for guiding action by South Devon based expert Jay Tompt.
Video (3 mins)
Every One Every Day Introduction Film - March 2020
Participatory City for the benefit of the people living and working in Barking and Dagenham
Regenerate Devon Platform
Following on from the Regenerate Devon Summit for purpose of continuing conversations and collaborations.
Over the upcoming months and years we’ll all be making decisions about how we re-build our households, communities and economy and the choices that we make now will ripple long into the future.
This past year of climate emergency declarations, pandemic lockdown and economic crisis have intensified calls for a ‘green new deal’ and 'build back better’.
Participatory budgeting Scotland network guide
What is participatory budgeting- A PB Scotland network 60-second guide with videos and case studies
Devon Youth Council
"We are a group of 11-18 year olds (some of us are up to 25 with additional needs) who believe that children and young people are the experts of their own lives."
Devon- UK Youth Parliament
During their term of office, Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) work with their MPs, decision-makers, councillors and local youth groups on the issues of greatest concern to their constituents.
Members of Youth Parliament across the UK work to give young people a voice – listening to marginalised groups, organising events, making films, meeting MPs, lobbying for change, organising campaigns and appearing in the media, all to amplify the views of their peers.
Video (11 mins)
Participatory Cities- What they are and why they are so important
By Participatory City- which works for the benefit of the people living and working in Barking and Dagenham
Tools to Act Participatory City report
Tools to Act- year 2 report for the 'every one every day' initiative in Barking and Dagenham
“It is no exaggeration to say it is work like this which can save the world. If we are going to learn how to live in the face of climate change, tackle the vast inequalities that divide us, come together across differences of race, history and religion, it will be through experiences like this." Marc Stears, Sydney Policy Lab
Action on Climate in Teignbridge
By residents for residents Action on Climate in Teignbridge (ACT) is a new group supporting the climate change goals in the district. The procurement group and the new business and economy group engage citizens about climate change issues and actions that can be taken individually and collectively to meet carbon neutrality by 2030
What is participatory budgeting?
Participatory budgeting explained by the Local Government Association with three case studies:-
-Tower Hamlets, ‘You Decide!'
-Porto Alegre, Brazil
Frome Peoples Budget
Frome Town Council has introduced the People’s Budget (PB), a way for local people get to make choices about how local money is spent. We are changing the relationship you have with Frome Town Council giving you the chance to make direct choices & decisions about how local public budgets are spent.
IN 2019/20 they made £35,000 of the Council’s budget available for PB.
Resources from PB network UK
Resources from the UK Participatory Budgeting Network. Intro guides, Grant making through PB, PB at scale, PB for social housing engaging with tenants and residents groups, and more
Community engagement checklist
A checklist tool by Regen SouthWest for community energy projects. Help build a community of interest around your community energy organisation,
including volunteers, directors, investors, supporters and partners to enable projects.
How to do an Economic Blueprint guide
The purpose of this ‘How to do an Economic Blueprint’ guide is to provide support for your community group as you pursue the Economic Blueprint process in your own community. It is designed to inform, guide and support you and your group through a self-facilitated process. We’ve broken it down into manageable steps to help make it easy – the short videos below are made to work alongside the guide.
Local Economic Blueprint Totnes & district
This work was part of a national pilot run by the Transition Network’s REconomy Project
TTT was one of three places exploring how best to do this kind of community economic development, based on this “local economic evaluation” process; the other places are the county of Herefordshire and Brixton, Lambeth. Together these three pilots provided the widest possible learnings given they represent a market town, a rural county and an inner-city area.
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Video playlist (1-5 mins long)
Various people from REconomy project Totnes discussing the Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint. Playlist of 6 videos- all between 1 and 5 mins length
Citizens Action Network
Videos, presentation slides, become a co-creator, articles and more. "A Citizens Action Network is our concept of how everything can come together in a local community. So that every kind of person living there can get access to the cosmo-local solutions available."
Community right to challenge
The Right to Challenge empowers community organisations, charities or Town/Parish Councils to bid to run council services, where they believe they can run them better.
Find out more from Teignbridge District Council about community right to challenge and a link to government guidence on how it works
Plymouth Energy Community is one of the case studies. The energy transition : new dialogues between cities & local stakeholders. Local authorities have a key role to play in energy and climate policies and in the energy transition towards a low carbon, energy efficient and sustainable model. How to stimulate stakeholders’ involvement? Driving change through ambitious partnerships, networks and alliances and encouraging citizen participation.
Exeter City Futures
Exeter City Futures’ (CIC) vision is a carbon-neutral Exeter that remains a great place to live for future generations. They are working to achieve this through their mission: to bring Exeter’s businesses, individuals, communities and leaders together and provide the coordination and focus needed to deliver the city’s carbon ambitions.
CIVIC SQUARE (2020—2030)
CIVIC SQUARE: Three Key Areas for the Next Decade:
1- Public Square
2- Neighbourhood Economics Lab
3- Creative + Participatory Ecosystem
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New Economy Organisers Toolkit
New Economy Organisers Network- key resources and tools developed for NEON’s training programmes and day-to-day operations.
Neon would love you to download, use and adapt for your own organising.
Peoples Assemblies Manual
How to organise and run a People’s Assembly by Extinction Rebellion's Future Democracy Hun. People’s assemblies have a very different purpose, structure and process to citizens’ assembly which you may have heard of.