Yep, that’s where I’ve been the last couple of days – very eclectic bunch of people were there.
Check out comment on Hazel Blears’ keynote speech from myself and Richard Wilson on the Guardian blog where we take a look at the usual suspects issue, culture clash and time to engage. (Makes more sense when you read it!) ;)
It’s a tricky area to call a successful conference together on and there were more positives than negatives- good to see a truly international audience. However, the levels of understanding and variety of approaches to participation (ie. is it campaigning, consultation, changing your local neighbourhood, is it democracy or engagement – does any of this stuff matter – is it all participation?!) made for a refreshing mix of opinion but also a mismatch of audience to discussion on some occasions.
Did you go? Let me know….
I’ll be writing up more detailed stuff on this in later posts but have to go for now :)