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Climate prototyping

Rapid prototyping weeks help us decide, from a number of different possible climate focused-projects, which to take forward. We explore potential solutions and invite input from experts in each area, and by the end of each week we produce a mock-up of what a finished project could look like – we then move on to…

Notes from TICTeC Civic Tech Surgery #4: Storytelling and reach

Last week saw us come together for the fourth online TICTeC Civic Tech Surgery, our hands-on programme for fixing some of the prevalent problems in civic tech. Each TICTeC Lab begins with a public discussion on one topic area affecting the civic tech community. Interested parties can then apply to take suggested ideas forward in…

Equity, diversity and inclusion policy

  Our current strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion sets out mySociety’s objectives and high-level actions to the end of 2024. It does not represent the totality of our ambition, but lays out where we need to get to to enable further progress to be realised. At its heart is our mission to create a…

TICTeC Civic Tech Surgery #4: Storytelling and reach

Take part Join us this Thursday, 12th May for our next Civic Tech Surgery to discuss the challenges of amplifying civic tech projects and their successes beyond the civic tech community, as well as solutions. Making sure more people know about civic tech projects and their successes remains one of the biggest challenges facing the…

Rachel Shirley

Rachel joined mySociety in 2022 as maternity cover. She’s taking over the management of all our events from team meetings to conferences, but with a particular focus on the TICTeC Labs project and developing events with the Climate team. As with so many organisations, it’s a pivotal time for mySociety while we begin to move…

A transparency success in Belgium

Can you bring about more transparency with a simple map? Apparently yes – that’s what the Alaveteli site Transparencia.be have pulled off with their interactive map of Wallonia. This shows which municipal councils in the region are making useful documentation publicly available ahead of their committee meetings. If the district is coloured green, they’re proactively…

PACAC makes the positive case for FOI, but there is more work to do

Today the House of Commons’  Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) released its report on the Cabinet Office Freedom of Information Clearing House.  We submitted evidence to the inquiry. It is also highly worth reading journalist Jenna Corderoy’s evidence, as her investigation and appeals are the big reason that the evidence we have exists,…

Climate month notes: April 2022

mySociety’s Climate team is used to grappling with the big questions, but this month the one at the forefront of our minds was something along the lines of ‘Where did March go!?’ – Still, there’s a lot to report on for the last few weeks, including our first two prototyping weeks, new research outputs, and…

New report: Improving oversight of Access to Information

The right to access information requires high quality oversight. Studies of effectiveness of Access to Information (ATI) legislation tells a clear story: the benefits of greater transparency and access to information can only be realised when this system is actively enforced. To be effective, the whole system of ATI review and appeal has to be…

We’re prototyping — fancy joining us?

Having launched two services – the Climate Action Plan Explorer and Council Climate Scorecards – mySociety’s Climate Programme is running a series of six rapid prototyping weeks to explore what we could do next. The next prototyping week, during the week starting 9 May 2022, will be all about access to nature. How can we…