Ingrid Prikken

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Review of Research Councils UK dialogues

January 3, 2014

Research Councils UK (RCUK) commissioned Involve to conduct a review of RCUK dialogue and consultation exercises in order to identify what could be learnt more generally about public perspectives on emerging science and technology. The Research Councils have a good deal of experience of public dialogues. Various independent dialogues have been conducted around major RCUK…

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Towards a European Energy Dialogue?

November 4, 2013

A week ago, I attended a seminar organised by the European Economic and Social Committee about promoting civil society’s involvement in the 2030 framework, which the European Commission is developing for their energy and climate policies. The purpose of the event was to maintain a dialogue with civil society and present the results of a…

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Countering the myths of engagement: focus on the positives

April 11, 2013

In my previous post I highlighted a few common myths around engaging citizens.  In this post I’ll give a few of my thoughts on how to overcome these myths in engaging citizens with transition to a low carbon society. Traditionally, we’re used to seeing a ‘top-down’ approach in which those with the institutional power and…

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Who’s afraid of the active citizen?

April 10, 2013

Myths about citizen engagement sometimes prevent decision-makers from engaging. They think it’s too risky, too expensive, and it will just get in the way of efficient decision-making. In this and the next post I’ll explore a few of these myths, and how to overcome them, in relation to engaging citizens with transitioning to a low…

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Activating citizens in Ukraine: A story worth telling

February 20, 2013

Involve was recently in Kiev to work with Ukrainian organisation People First Foundation (PFF), in collaboration with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. Whilst the context in Ukraine is very different to the UK, there’s a lot for both sides to learn from these exchanges; for example, that any successful engagement process starts with a clear…

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Visioning a low carbon future

December 18, 2012

In my previous posts I set out the context in which European cities are moving towards a low-energy future and shared some of my thoughts around citizen engagement with energy futures and climate change. In this third and final post of this series, inspired by the IMAGINE seminar, I will explore the use of visioning…

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Energy transition: what about involving citizens?

December 17, 2012

 In my previous post about engagement with local energy issues and climate change, I argued that these complex issues require government and citizens to work together, but this isn't by any means an easy task. Here are a few of my thoughts on engaging citizens with climate change.   Why work with citizens and communities? From both…

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Towards a low carbon future: local energy issues

December 11, 2012

The City of Munich has an ambitious energy strategy: it strives to have an electricity supply using 100% renewable sources by 2025. One of the pillars of this strategy is an Alliance for Climate Protection, a platform for collaboration between the City Council and over a hundred local actors, including businesses, municipal utilities, urban planners,…

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