Last month we dedicated our monthly meeting to launching the ‘4 Minute City’ project being run under the People’s Plan for Glasgow. The project is open to any person or organisation working or campaigning to make a positive difference in Glasgow. Participants contribute a 4 minute video stating their vision for the city, and the roadmap of actions within and outwith current democratic systems to get us there. Find out more, and watch the videos back here!
We launched the project at the end of April to get an idea of Glaswegians’ main priorities going into the May 2022 local elections the following week. We did this so that we could use the contributions at the event as the basis for a collective list of demands from the people working to improve Glasgow, to the incoming administration of the City Council. We heard contributions from representatives of the People’s Health Movement Scotland, Glasgow Against Closures, Friends of the People’s Palace, Make Your Mark and the SANE Collective, as well as individuals speaking on Glasgow’s Common Good fund, experiences of activism in Glasgow and the power of cities in igniting change. The contributions delivered a range of electoral demands, from increasing standards of democratic accountability across a variety of public institutions, to measures for socioeconomic reform, to exploring new pilots for the city such as Universal Basic Income, a local income tax and a 15-minute city strategy.
Our meeting this month will be dedicated to turning this full list of demands into a series of coherent policy recommendations for the new Council, and discuss our strategy for delivering it. We’ll need to clearly distinguish what lies within their remit of power, how they might go about best delivering these demands, where our standard for satisfaction lies, and what evidence they might provide us to demonstrate positive outcomes.
As ever, we want as many different SANE members and other Glaswegians as possible to be involved in this conversation, so please join us if you can. The meeting will take place online on Wednesday May 24th at 6pm. If you’re interested in joining and don’t already have the link, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.