An ideas farm: getting local people involved in decision making Monday 29 April 2013By: Rob Francis Councils have become much better at consultation and public engagement. Residents now have a stronger voice in local decision making and a sense that their views can make a difference. Typically, those processes whir into life in support of specific topics – changing the library service, building a new school, or closing a community centre for instance. This begs the question, what happens to all the other ideas out there in communities? The sorts of ideas for your area you share among friends in the pub, but would rarely achieve a mentioned at council meetings or within the local newspaper. Read the full article on The Guardian website.