Edward Andersson

European Associate

Edward Andersson is Involve's European Associate and provides links to practice in Europe and the wider world. He previously worked full time for Involve, where he helped to set up Participationcompass.org – one of Europe’s leading public engagement sites. He has worked on engagement practice in over a dozen countries across Europe and beyond.

He is a Professional Facilitator (Certified by the International Association of Facilitators) and is a board member of the international not-for profit e-Democracy.org. Edward is based in southern Sweden where he works as a dialogue and engagement consultant.

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Blog posts

Exploring the Future of Science engagement

September 30, 2014

[caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignleft" width="300"] photo credit: epSos.de[/caption] Edward Andersson argues that the coming decade will be highly innovative for science engagement. Early next month Engage2020 will run a second workshop on the future of engagement in science and technology. Time spent thinking about the future is a rare commodity and I appreciated the opportunity to…

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What we know about dialogue

November 12, 2013

Edward Andersson reflects on the wide range of reports and resources available from the Sciencewise programme.  Over the last decade public engagement has gone from a novel activity to a much more established field. Yet organisations still often approach engagement in a haphazard and inconsistent way. There is still a need for support, training and…

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Revalidation –an opening for influence

August 22, 2013

[caption id="attachment_4996" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image by mensatic crative commons -Source: http://morguefile.com/archive/display/43271[/caption] Edward Andersson reflects on a little understood opening for citizen and patient engagement in the NHS.  The NHS is going through a dramatic time of change. The Health service is of course one of the areas of the public sector most prone to reforms…

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New opportunities

July 26, 2013

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…

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New project: Learning Together for Better Health Outcomes

June 13, 2013

Involve and the Professional Support Unit (PSU) (part of Shared Services of Health Education England)  have come together as partners to develop a programme of work around improving health and engagement practices, with a strong focus on developing the role and voice of service users (includes patients, the public, carers and other community-based groups). Public…

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From Fairy Tale to Reality

February 26, 2013

[caption id="attachment_4382" align="alignright" width="263"] From Fairy Tale to Reality[/caption] Citizen engagement has become increasingly important in the last ten years, but we have barely scraped the surface of what innovative public engagement can do for public services, communities and citizens. Part of what is holding us back is outdated myths about citizen engagement. “From Fairy…

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Facilitation Fables –Part 4

February 22, 2013

[caption id="attachment_4367" align="alignleft" width="300"] From Project Gutenberg[/caption] To celebrate the launch of new pamphlet ‘From Fairy tale to reality’ I’m writing ‘Facilitation Fables’ every Friday throughout February (I’ve already done fable number one, fable number two and fable number three). In this fourth instalment I look at a fable where I think good engagement could…

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Facilitation Fables –part 3

February 15, 2013

  To celebrate the launch of new pamphlet ‘From Fairy tale to reality’ I’m writing ‘Facilitation Fables’ every Friday throughout February (You can find fable number one and fable number two). In this third installment I look at a fable where I think good engagement could have changed the end result. So I thought I’d have a…

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