The connected society

Think tank: Localis

Author(s): Callin McLinden

October 3, 2022

This report from UK think tank Localis provides a policy toolkit for local engagement in the public realm.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the context of a clear national mandate for levelling up, public organisations and councils across the political spectrum are waking up to the idea that there is a great deal more they can do in partnership with residents and communities. The Connected Society is a policy toolkit, designed to provide actions and policy options that councils can take to enhance engagement, based on lessons learned from Kensington and Chelsea Council, who aim to make meaningful public engagement their modus operandi. If enabled and given the wherewithal, citizens can become informal local policymakers, deciding on, and taking control of their own lives in relation to the public domain – putting their unique local expertise to great use.