About the workshop
This one-week workshop focuses on the importance of public participation and consultation techniques in policy-making on an international, national, and local level. It explores the drivers of public participation and will elaborate more on the different participation and consultation models that other countries, multilateral organisations and institutions around the globe are using. Participants will hear about the legal principles underpinning participation and how these can be interpreted. You will have the opportunity to develop practical skills that will give you a clear idea of how to incorporate lessons learnt back in your own country and to improve public engagement in policy-making.
The UK is considered to be leading the way in public participation and engagement and has many valuable lessons to be shared. Public participation and engagement has become more and more embedded within the UK’s legislative system, its policy-making structure and even within its culture. In a consultation exercise, power remains firmly in the hands of those who mount the exercise. The truth, however, is that consultation is about holding a dialogue and encouraging a debate. It is about making choices and listening to people discuss the pros and cons of various options.
Participation has become a policy buzzword in recent years but it has a long and rich history, because at the very core of participation lies people’s willingness to connect and cooperate. There are numerous political, social, economic, environmental and technological drivers shaping the need for more public involvement in policy-making. Examples are the perceived rising democratic deficit present in many countries and institutions, the shift in culture away from solidarity towards individualism, the negative influences of globalisation on people’s lives, and the constantly changing technologies through which participation can take place. People are expressing their values and political identities in new ways, facilitated by increasing interconnectedness. Expectations of public participation are also changing.
What the workshop will cover
Our workshop is aimed at public engagement/ participation professionals working for a wide variety of bodies in the public, private or third sector, as well as public and private sector leaders and managers who are responsible for public policy programmes at any level, whether organisation-wide or within departments.
How participants will benefit
During the week you will:
- Understand about participation drivers, the essentials of public participation in policy, participation models and much more
- Explore the opportunity to collaborate with a London local government organisation in order to experience for yourself what others are doing in the area of public participation and consultation and the challenges they face
- Share current participation practice
- Work on group exercises to develop practical skills.
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