Squeaking because I’m absolutely stuffed!
Squeaking because I’m absolutely stuffed!
It appears that it’s been raining spiders in Brazil!After I wrote my last piece, I realised it was quite late. I searched Google Maps for somewhere to eat, and hit on Hareburger. All together now:
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I phoned my much better half. She had some ideas about my draft ‘lessons for Scottish PB‘. Her main point was about the first item: If we don’t get PB right first time, people will lose confidence in it. She pointed out that nothing goes right first time, so what does right mean in this context? My current answer is good enough. For me, that means
I then walked to Hareburger. It was rather ironic that the first song jPhone played was 4st 7lb. Hareburger was supposedly 19 minutes walk from my hotel but it took me about 30 minutes to get there, mainly because I’m a little nervous about crossing roads. On the way I passed the inevitable Subway, another vegan eatery, and somewhere definitely not vegan.
This was my dinner at Hareburger: hare rock shutney mango’s fly, batata quanta rustica and suco de terra (hibiscus tea, beet, carrot, lemon and strawberry). The only problem with it was it was not enough for this gutbucket! (It was relatively cheap: about R$38 = £8.)
On the way to Hareburger, I’d passed a metro station which isn’t on the map I’d found online. (Blame the seeker, not the internet! Here’s the official map.) I realised that this station (Fradique Coutinho) was on the same line as Faria Lima, so I decided to save my feet. The city council had a stand offering free condoms.
At Faria Lima station, I walked on to Largo da Batata (Potato Square) to see if there were any interesting smells. There weren’t so I’ve come back to the hotel for a last coffee and to write this.
I didn’t get to sleep until 5am, so I slept until after mid-day.
This afternoon I
The marking led to some puzzlement. About 20% of the students didn’t include in their courseworks some things they were clearly told to include. Another 50% tried but didn’t do these things very well. The latter is understandable, but the former isn’t. Can any experienced academics out there tell me why on earth so many students just throw away marks?
Of course, I was far from perfect when I was a student, and I’m not a perfect academic.
Clearly this is not final – I’ve only been in Brazil for a week. Also this stems from talking with with some academics and two São Paulo city public servants, rather than original research. However, this is my current take-home:
Jet-lag grabbed me this morning. In the afternoon, while rain flooded some areas of São Paulo, I read and made notes on Brian Wampler‘s Participatory budgeting in Brazil: contestation, cooperation and accountability. This book examines PB in 8 Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, but was published in 2007. A few things have happened since then…
I spent most of today working on a presentation. One of our partners, Leandro Ramos, has contacted the relevant department of São Paulo’s city administration. It turns out they are very keen to hear how participatory budgeting (PB) works in Scotland. This is great, because
|#||When||What||outcome and notes|
|1||July||RIVAL: community event on the theme of LIS research impact:||success!
Also enabled further funding application (line 5)
|2||July||applying for GCRF funding for PB in Brazil||success!
See line 7
|3||July||marking work-based learning 2017-18 final reports||——-|
|4||September||Drafting an idea for some public engagement/democracy work||to revisit in 2019|
|5||September||RSE funding application to follow up RIVaL: RIVaL network||success!
Work to start in Feb 2019
|6||October||marking work-based learning 2018-19 initial reports||——-|
|7||October to present||PB in Brazil: whether and how PB benefits the very poor in Sao Paulo Bruce going to Sao Paulo 4 to 27 Jan, Wegene 4 to 13 Jan||LitRev in progress
builds on CSI’s relationship with University of Sao Paulo
|8||November||marking BSAD coursework 1||——-|
|9||November||application for RIO funding to run WriteNow! writing sessions in 2019||success!
working with Frances
|10||December||marking work-based learning 2018-19 mid-year reports||——-|
|11||December||marking BSAD coursework 2||——-|
Could I offer a short course or other help to students’ improve their report-writing skills?
|12||July||contribution to 2018 Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide: A Longitudinal Assessment of Municipal Websites Throughout the World||fancy certificate of thanks|
|13||July to present||minuting meetings between Community Councils Together on Trams and Edinburgh Council’s Trams Team||better citizen-involvement?|
|14||September||Taking part in a follow-up to research by the Scottish Community Development Centre on community councils.||led to involvement in draft PB charter|
|15||September to present||member of £eith Chooses steering group||voting Saturday 23 February 2019|
|16||October, November||further participation in Scottish Government (SG) Online Identity Assurance stakeholder group||TBC|
|17||November||participation in debate/research on governance of and possible new powers for community councils||TBC|
|18||December||commenting on Scottish Government draft Open Government Action Plan||appreciated by SG|
|19||December||participation in Scottish Government/CoSLA event on mainstreaming participatory budgeting. Write-up of event is in a set of posts starting here||TBC|
|20||all year||minutes and websites for three Edinburgh community councils:||better recording and publicising of hyperlocal government activities|
The content of these posts has now been moved here: https://bruceryan.info/resources/mainstreaming-participatory-budgeting-event
Individual pages can be accessed via these links:
Following on from my last post about Online Identity Assurance, this post is to draw attention to a couple of posts on the Scottish Government Digital blog:
I’m pleased to see in the first of these posts
The first stream will be about developing two end-to-end journeys, taken by people using services, that can be shown to work as a ‘proof of concept’. One will centre on the process of applying for a Child Disability Living Allowance – a benefit that will become the responsibility of the new Scottish social security system in 2020 – with the other relating to the process of applying for the single occupant Council Tax deduction offered by local authorities.
because that implies to me that SG is taking a sensible ‘suck it and see’ approach, rather than trying for a Big Bang that ends up full of issues.
And here’s looking forward to more interesting developments in 2019!
There is currently debate about publishing community council members’ contact details. The following is based on my experience of working with 3 community councils for many years, and examining every CC website I could find in 2012 and 2014. From this, I’d advocate:
So what have I got wrong? Shout at me via the comments!