Help us create an agenda for Slugger's Belfast 'Political Innovation' event?

This forum is here for you to suggest sessions for Slugger O’Toole’s Political Innovation event in Belfast on the 20th November 2010.

Are there any sessions that you’d like to host yourself? Got any ideas for innovations that could change politics in Northern Ireland? Or are there any areas in which politics touches innovation that you’d like to get more ideas or advice on?

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  1. What role does the truth about the past have in future political innovation?

    Campaigners of legacy cases often face the vacuous call to "Let it go" as if their loss should have a shelf life. Nevertheless, the past impacts upon the future and from it we learn our mores as a society. The "Truth" therefore ought to realised before any move forward. Discuss.

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    • How can greater grassroots engagement be advanced in Unionism? What is best means to set the agenda?

      Open Unionism was created to be a forum to get unionists talking and to promote their ideas. But how can the blog stop being a publisher (of comment) and start to become an active player? There is a gap for unionist think tank that can agenda set via grassroots engagement. Can a blog fill that gap, and if so how?

      34 votes
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      • Progressive politics in a system dominated by instituitional tribalism, sectarianism and populism

        Stormont ensures tribal and sectarian politics will dominate and populism is more likely to thrive than idealogy. How do people outside the Stormont power structures - leftists, progressives, radicals etc. - create political spaces.

        33 votes
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        • 33 votes
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          • Is there a way around the obstacles that block the emergence of a post-sectarian centre-left party?

            Labour organising in NI would be a de facto acceptance of the Union... bla bla bla. There is already a PES sister party in NI called the SDLP bla bla bla. NI needs a more coherent post-sectarian centre-left. Full. Stop. Discuss?

            28 votes
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            • How do we address the growing democratic deficit in our governance?

              The gradual removal of elected members from the boards of NDPBs and government agencies is a cause for concern. has the revised public appointments procedure in NI widened the democratic deficit when it comes to oversight of how our taxes and rates are spent? How can this be rectified?

              26 votes
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              • Living with dissent

                Agree or disagree with it - dissent will exist.

                How does the mainstream deal with dissent. Can/will dissent engage with the status quo?

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                • Use of Participatory budgeting as a confidence builder for politicians in decision making

                  many councils in England have used participatory budgeting as a means of involving the electorate in making tough decisions. Could this technique help widen discussion and build elected member confidence re the difficult economic decisions we need to make after the spending review?

                  19 votes
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                  • How do we encourage rational decision-making in politics and ideas based on science and reason?

                    Politics has a tendency to be based on irrational, knee-jerk reactions. What I'd love to talk about is ways that decisions in politics can be based on evidence and reason

                    18 votes
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                    • Socially acceptable use of Freedom of Information to shine light rather than irritate civil servants

                      FOI is a crude tool that can produce more heat than light, that can encourage institutional obfuscation rather than a spirit of openness and sharing. So how best to use FOI in a way that builds society and makes the world a better place, and doesn't become a troublesome burden that just wastes time and scores points (that no one is counting).

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                      • DIY Civil Society Forum: Taking our lead from the Green New Deal, convene a civil society forum

                        DIY Civil Society Forum: Let's not wait for the folks on the hill. Let's convene our own Civil Society Forum, adopting sustainability, social justice, new economics and anti-sectarianism as our organising principles.

                        The Green New Deal (NI) has demonstrated that civil society actors from across the spectrum can come together to generate an innovative programme with far reaching social, economic and environmental possibilities.

                        We can do the same in many fields - including the creation of a civil society that provides a post-sectarian platform capable of delinking all our identities from the ethnic entrepreneurship that underpins the dominant political parties.

                        15 votes
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                        • 14 votes
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                          • 11 votes
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                            • How 'public value' can help to inform decisions on the future delivery of public services

                              The power of 'public value' as a concept lies in its advocacy of a greater role for the public in decision-making, and its encouragement to public sector managers to constantly seek out and fundamentally what the public wants and needs.

                              From Wikipedia:
                              Public value is the equivalent of shareholder value in public management. Public value can be instituted as an organising principle in a public sector organisation, providing a focus in the context of which individual employees are free to pursue and propose new ideas about how to improve the working of the organisation, in terms of efficiency or services.…

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                              • 10 votes
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                                • How should progressives approach our troubled past?

                                  A frequent refrain of liberals and progressives in NI is that politics needs to 'move on from the past' and deal with 'bread and butter issues'. Is this the right analysis? Or does it make progressive politics appear irrelevant to much of the electorate?

                                  9 votes
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                                  • 7 votes
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                                    • 7 votes
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