Over the past few years the interest in participatory political processes has increased in Scotland. This kind of public engagement can take many forms and often more than one form is needed in order to address the complexities of certain decisions. Drug policy is a one of those complex areas and therefore requires creativity in the way evidence and participation is embedded into the process. Participatory processes can help by providing a process for society to engages with the issues and collaborate in finding solutions. Below are a few sites which highlight the many ways these processes can be used and hopefully provide some inspiration to the reader.
If you are interested in conducting an engagement activity with your local community or other setting please do nto hesitiate to get in touch. You can find document and reports of previous, ongoing and upcoming events here.
Particpedia is an online database hosting hundreds of case studies of participatory politics in action. Search by country or case and find out more about what this form of politics actually involves.
pdd: The Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association
As the name suggests the pdd is the specialist group of the political studies association and is a good place to get up to date news on current participatory practices and challenges going on around the UK
The Art of Hosting – The Art of Participatory Leadership for System Change
This site is specific to Scotland and provides information, contacts and training on how to incorporate participatory processes into the community.