A few weeks ago, we were delighted to welcome author and democratic practitioner Jon Alexander to deliver a workshop, with Liverpool residents, on the topic of citizenship and citizen power.
As one attendee asked at the beginning of the event: “you can be a good neighbour, engage with your community … but other than becoming some sort of warrior, is there a more concrete way to make a difference?”
Well, over the course of the short event, a number of city centre and waterfront residents discussed this, and other aspects of citizen power, with the aim of identifying issues we could explore on a much larger stage as part of Engage’s upcoming 2022 seminar series.
A highlight of some of the residents’ questions:
- Can we work on a problem together, come up with a solution, and present that to the council, as a thing we want them to do?
- Could we have a mobile, touring event? Visiting citizens where they are?
- How can we make the best use of existing groups that have a citizen power function – like churches, and community groups?
- Could we use tools like Polis to build a consensus, a common vision for Liverpool citizens?
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event. We were happy to see, in our anonymous post-event survey, 93% of attendees say they learned something they didn’t know before, 87% met someone they didn’t know before, and 80% would come to an event like this again. Success!