Collaboration for CHANGE! : citizen participation in the design and delivery of public services & spaces.

Wednesday 1st November, 10am-1pm, dlr Lexicon, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire.

This FREE half-day event will explore examples of citizen collaboration in the design of public services and spaces. It will look at what conditions are needed for successful collaborations between local authorities, citizens and other agencies and the impact of involving citizens in the design of the services they use.

This event will be of interest to Local Authority staff, elected members, agencies delivering public services, Public Participation Network members, representatives and co-ordinators and anyone interested in citizen participation and co-design.

Guest speakers include:

Cllr. Gus O’Connell – Former mayor of South Dublin County.

As mayor of South Dublin County, Cllr. O’Connell spearheaded Have Your Say €300K, a participatory budgeting process which facilitates citizens in a local community to directly decide how to spend a portion of a public budget in their area.

Rebecca Blake – Education Curator, Irish Architecture Foundation.

Irish Architecture Foundation was a partner in the design of Ballyfermot Play and Skate Park. The park was designed using an innovative and collaborative People First Design Process, working with the people of Ballyfermot to create a design that reflects the community’s own ideas.

Shane Waring – Lead, Dublin City Council Beta (DCC Beta).

DCC Beta is a model and process of trialling, assessing and implementing solutions and approaches to issues Dublin City Council seeks to understand on a small, local scale before implementation on a larger scale, using citizen participation in the process.

Simon O’Rafferty – Environmental Protection Agency

Simon O’Rafferty is a design researcher working with the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. Last year he undertook research for the Irish Research Council on the Co-Design of Public Services. He will share international examples, evidence of impact and also highlight some of the challenges and pitfalls.

Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and questions. A networking lunch for those attending will be served at 1pm.

Collaboration for CHANGE! is being organised by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation Network (DLR PPN), supported by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as part of the Urbact CHANGE European project



Thanks to everyone who attended the event today. As requested, all the presentations and also the questions that we didn’t have time to put to the panel are below.

If you click on the ‘pop out’ button in the top right corner of the slides they will open in a new window and you can download/print them.


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