Thanks to Matthew Gatehouse for pointing out this recent article in the Guardian: “Connecting citizens is the way forward for public services“, written by Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the Local Government Information Unit. Not news for colleagues and co-production practitioners, but another piece that helps build the case for co-pro. So, to be celebrated!
The article references “Connected Localism”, a collection of essays published this week by the Local Government Information Unit. The document is available for download at http://www.lgiu.org.uk/connected-localism/
“Connected localism is proposed as a way of thinking and doing that builds on the creativity and civic energy of local people and connects it to a dynamic network of innovation and strategic governance.”
It might not be labelled as co-production, but as we always say, we’re not attached to the word but to the principles. And this is very clearly going in the right direction.