Hybrid Meetings

Southwark should make use of technology to hold hybrid meetings allowing participants and Council staff to join in a way that best suits their working, accessibility, and health needs.  Many government departments including the FCA are making great use of hybrid meetings where participants are physically present in a meeting room and/or hall and others join using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other video conferencing technology. 

Why the contribution is important

Hybrid meetings will not only allow residents to join in a way that's comfortable for them but will also enable the Council to engage with residents who may be working outside of London/UK or away on holiday.  As more and more people spend less time working and living in a single location, not adapting how meetings are held will lead to inputs from only one demographic of residents and will bias any data that is later used to make decisions.

by EP05313 on December 08, 2021 at 09:44AM

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  • Posted by Jonathan_SouthwarkAdmin December 09, 2021 at 08:28

    Thank for this. Definitely something we want to explore. However when I've seen it done, there's often a disconnect between the people online and those in the room - either the meeting wastes 15 minutes setting up the IT, or the people online are left being passive observers of the meeting, while those in the room get to be full participants.

    I'm wondering if you have seen this type of meeting done well - and if so, what made it work?
  • Posted by Chris24Norris December 13, 2021 at 10:11

    Hybrid meetings are a great way of ensuring equal access for all Southwark residents to meetings (e.g. housebound, sick, disabled, elderly people)
  • Posted by Borreale January 03, 2022 at 01:16

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