This is the last Conference of the ASCC before it closes down at the end of April 2012.
With my presentation, Back to the future: Re-imagining participatory democracy in Scotland, I hope to contribute to the discussion about possible futures for community councils. The gist of my argument: CCs have modelled themselves on the institutions of representative democracy, and many of their problems stem from that set of practices and mindsets. However, there is the potential for transforming themselves by adopting practices from models of participatory democracy. In other words, community councillors could let go of the councillor/politician mindset, and instead become deliberative practitioners in their communities.
ASCC Conference: Learning from the past, preparing for the future
18th April 2012
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Doubletree by Hilton
Perth Road, Dunblane FK15 0HG
The day will give Community Councillors an opportunity to hear what is influencing the sector and contribute thoughts on how to develop a strong and vibrant Community Councils. REGISTRATION
- Harry McGuigan, Cosla Spokesperson – community wellbeing & safety
- Oliver Escobar – Public Policy Network
- Clare Symonds – Planning Democracy
- Geoff Mawdsley – Reform Scotland
- Invited – Derek MacKay, Minister for Local Government & Planning
- Invited – Roy Mair, Chief Executive, COSLA