Date: 04 Feb 2014

Happy Birthday Involve!

By Marilyn Booth

I'm spending five days (between 30/01/14 and 05/02/14) with Involve to learn a little more about their approach to public engagement. Normally, I can be found in the @bisgovuk (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) Digital Communications team, where I'm focused on supporting policy teams to engage online. If you'd like to contact me while I'm here at Involve please do so through simon@involve.org.uk.

Spending a few days somewhere can only give the briefest hint of what it’s like to work there permanently.  So, in many ways I’m lucky to be spending my time with Involve as they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary today: anniversaries and birthdays are a both a time for reflection and a time to look forward and imagine what life will be like at the next milestone.

So, today that’s what Involve are asking people to do.  And if you can’t come to their anniversary event this evening, then there are still ways that you can be part of that:

  • Tweet using #demofuture to tell them what you change or development you’d like to see in public engagement in the next 10 years.  We’ll be asking  guests to share as well.
  • Even better, if you’ve got an object or image that demonstrates that vision, why not take a selfie with it, and share, again using the hashtag #demofuture.

Involve will use Storify to curate your suggestions and aspirations, and tweets from their event tonight.  And this time in 2024, Involve can reflect on how well they’ve been met!

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