consultation and lego

There are better ways of doing consultations about our cities, towns and streets – including using Lego!

It’s been a busy year for those of us involved in the Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland, which has meant that although things have been quiet for us here, we’ve been working to bring our perspective, and the perspective we hear from our members, to all our other activities within cycling. One of the things we hear a lot is that consultations – of which there have been a lot in recent weeks, with more in the offing – are an area where people struggle. Even if they’re not ‘nonsultations’ or bafflingly technical to a lay person, people often end up suffering from consultation fatigue, or simply don’t have the time to attend an event held in the town hall on a Tuesday lunchtime in November. And when you have made the effort to respond, it can all feel like a giant waste of time. And yet, the alternative – not being consulted – seems worse.

With a lot of important consultations happening around Scotland just now and in the coming months, we want to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard, especially those who tend to be overlooked. So we’re delighted to announce a joint event with We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote that will try and demystify the process of consultations, challenge some of the ways that they happen, and establish what the barriers are to people getting their perspective across. As well as providing information about how to increase the likelihood of your own response being effective, we’ll be feeding back to the powers that be how they can best consult to make sure that they hear from women, minority groups, those with disabilities and other groups who stand to benefit most from a refashioning of our towns and cities.

The free event will be held at the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, on Saturday 3rd November, 2018, from around 11-4, followed by a short Women’s Cycle Forum AGM. More details coming soon, but please save the date – and let us know what you’d like to know about the exciting world of consultations.

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