Houda Davis

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The democratic experiment continues: Reflections on the first NHS Citizen Assembly test

October 9, 2014

[caption id="attachment_6195" align="alignleft" width="300"] Image credit: Tom Blackwell[/caption] It’s an exciting time for democracy. Two weeks ago while the Scots were voting in their referendum Involve ran the first ever NHS Citizen Assembly Test. For those that don’t know, NHS Citizen is a democratic innovation[i] which will eventually be an infrastructure where participants become citizens…

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Can you hear me? Citizens, Climate Change & Open Local Government

July 31, 2014

  In this new publication Involve looks at how local authorities are engaging citizens on climate change, energy futures and sustainable living. It explores how an open government approach might lead to improved governance of these complex issues. Each year disasters related to weather and climate claim thousands of lives and result in significant economic…

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Engage2020: Ensuring society has a voice in research and innovation

May 28, 2014

[caption id="attachment_5739" align="alignleft" width="240"] photo credit: Antonella Sinopoli[/caption] Last week I spent three days in Sofia, Bulgaria, for my first Engage2020 workshop and consortium meeting. Engage2020 is European Commission funded research project which aims to map who’s doing what in the world of societal engagement in science and technology. This work is being done in…

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Houda’s reflections on NHS Citizen Leeds Design Workshop

May 9, 2014

Firstly I wanted to say what a great bunch of people participated in the Leeds workshop. It was challenging, inspiring and fun. I feel very privileged to be involved in genuine co-design of such an exciting project. The NHS Citizen team agreed to give 10 reflections, mine are ‘extended’ reflections and probably overlap with others…

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Designing Assembly Membership

April 17, 2014

  [caption id="attachment_5598" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pic credit: Horia Varlan[/caption] Over the last NHS Citizen Sprint, I have been on a journey through academic and practice literature on deliberative public engagement with a focus on popular assemblies. I have been particularly interested in what NHS Citizen might learn about how to form a broad, inclusive and representative…

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Even more reflections on NHS Expo 2014

March 6, 2014

[caption id="attachment_5525" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit TJBlackwell[/caption] As part of the desire to design in public, NHS Citizen Team members were asked to reflect on #Expo14NHS, a two day exhibition and conference on innovation in the NHS.  Here are my thoughts... Conversations were thought provoking and often deeply personal and moving. It was particularly satisfying…

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Published: January 9, 2014

Involve is part of the delivery consortium for Engage2020 -a project funded by the European Commission (DG Research). The project looks at research, innovation and related activities and asks how members of society are involved today, and perhaps more importantly how they could be in the future. Over the next year and a half the project will map…

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Reflections on NHS England Citizens Assembly Design Days

November 18, 2013

Houda Davis reflects on  the design days held to develop the NHS England Citizens Assembly. At the end of October I took part in two design days to develop the new NHS England Citizens’ Assembly. The idea is to bring citizens’ voice directly to NHS England Board, and these two days intended to further develop…

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Opening up the road to low carbon

October 21, 2013

Involve is soon to publish a thought piece on how local authorities are engaging citizens with climate and energy challenges (see my previous post). In particular we explore whether the use of Open Government principles – increased participation, transparency and accountability - can lead to improved outcomes. As part of this work, I took part…

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