Published on July 26, 2013

New opportunities

By Edward Andersson

Edward Andersson is European Associate for Involve and an established expert on methods of participatory decision making. He set up Participationcompass.org – one of Europe’s leading public engagement sites, and has advised a number of organisations on public engagement strategies, including the Home Office, the European Commission, the OECD, WHO Europe, UNDP Turkey and numerous Local Authorities and Health Trusts.

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It has been almost a decade since I joined Involve. At the time Involve consisted of two staff members, sharing office space with a much bigger charity. The past nine years have been incredibly exciting and fruitful for me professionally. Some highlights have been launching one of the world’s most comprehensive engagement sites, helping to run the first truly global deliberative process and having articles published by the OECD and others. My role with Involve has challenged me on many levels and has allowed me to develop skills around public engagement and participation.

In many ways this is been my dream job and has been a great privilege to see the organisation grow from a small start up with limited reach to much larger and more influential body. With it my role has changed as well. Today I manage larger projects, spend more time networking than facilitating and also now blog and speak more frequently.

I have decided that after 9 years the time has come to go to move on. In the New Year I will relocate back to Sweden where I am originally from. My passion for democracy and participation remains strong and I will maintain a relationship with Involve as an associate.
My relocation opens up a possibility for someone else to get my dream job.

So, we are now recruiting for a programme manager to lead on several of Involve’s programmes, particularly contributing to the Involve input to the UK Government’s Sciencewise programme. This full-time post offers an aspiring participation expert the opportunity to work with the leading charity working on participation and democracy, and to influence one of the UK Government’s main public participation programmes. This is an incredibly exciting time for Involve and for Sciencewise; with numerous opportunities to influence Government and policy. We welcome applications for this new role. If my experience over the last decade is any guide, you won’t regret it if you do!

One Response to “New opportunities”

  1. August 26, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Dear Edward,

    I am very sorry to learn that you are leaving UK for Sweden. I am sure we will hear more of you! I wanted your advice. I have created a website http://www.useyourcommunity.com which is a directory of local community organisations that people can access for support and we also refer people for support. We created the website because many people did not know who their local organisations were and as a result did not access them for help such as advice, befriending, local news etc.
    We are building this website into a UK service gradually. I wanted your advice on how we can work with Involve and with other public engagement bodies as we are a well used site getting about 5,000 hits per month with no marketing. We want to connect people with other bodies so we need to build partnerships. Any suggestions will be gratefully received.
    Best Wishes for your journey back home!

    Paul Munim
    Mobile: 07813562267

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