A new short course from EFI – Skills for Democratic Innovation and the Governance of the Future
Edinburgh Futures Institute is supporting the development of the next generation of democratic innovation practitioners. Register for our half-day, online workshops held over two days on 28 and 30 July. You will develop skills in leadership, facilitation, process design and policy entrepreneurship that are core to democratic innovation.
This short course will focus on skills for governance that address systemic issues, with emphasis on short and medium term action based on long-term thinking. This course is aimed at those who work in policy, community and third sector roles and wish to develop or introduce deliberative democratic practices and change.
This course is offered free of charge to applicants. You must register in advance to secure a space and you must attend both sessions.
Wednesday 28 July, 9.30am-1pm
- What is democratic innovation + introductions
- Case studies of democratic innovation
- Process design – how do we design democratic innovation interventions.
Friday 30 July, 9.30am-1pm
- Facilitation and mediation in practice
- Reflective practice and peer support networks
- Change-making: System pressure points, communities of practice, and storytelling.
Course delivery team
Oliver Escobar – Academic Lead for Democratic Innovation at the Edinburgh Futures institute, Oliver is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh and co-investigator in the projects European Smart Urban Intermediaries and Distant Voices, and a former director of What Works Scotland. Oliver works on participatory and deliberative democracy, with a focus on political inequalities and the governance of the future. work has been shared in fifty publications and forty training courses for students and professionals across the public sector and civil society.
Kelly McBride – Practitioner in Community engagement, deliberation, and public participation. Kelly was part of the senior leadership team for Democratic Society for many years where she led the hub in Scotland and the portfolio for policy and practice across the organisation. Working across Europe to connect citizens with the decisions that shape their lives, her work blends strategy, delivery and development. She has over a decade of experience in designing and facilitating spaces for community engagement, dialogue and public participation.
Steve Earl – Engagement at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. Steve is part of the Data Civics Programme at EFI and the engagement team. Both roles focus on helping bring new knowledge, understandings and perspectives to places, communities and services. Currently Steve is exploring the use of participatory futures to develop community responses to global challenges (SDGs). His background is in multi-stakeholder facilitation and collaborative innovation. He is also a director of two community charities within Edinburgh, Wellspring Scotland and Tribeporty.
Places are free due to funding from the Scottish Funding Council’s Workforce Development Fund. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the two workshops.
Please make sure to register for both workshop sessions before Monday 26 July at 16:00 to ensure that you will be able to join the course.
If you have questions about the course or suitability for you, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.