Highlights from #Reframe2

February 24, 2017 – Megan Raybould

Our Reframe series provides a space for facilitators to come together to develop a response to the Brexit vote and its aftermath. On the 22nd of February we held the second event in this series which focused on planning actions. It was a really productive and interesting day, here are some of the highlights: [View…

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Democracy Day @ Imagine!

February 16, 2017 – Tim Hughes

As part of the Northern Ireland Civic Activism programme, we are supporting The Building Change Trust's Democracy Day - a day long programme of events at the Belfast Imagine Festival on democracy in Northern Ireland. When: 24th March 2017 Where: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast, BT1 2LS Register: via Eventbrite   Democracy Day We are living in turbulent times for…

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Introducing the Open Government Partnership’s new Participation and Co-creation Standards

February 10, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Over the past year, Involve has been working with the Open Government Partnership to develop new Participation and Co-Creation Standards. From this point forward, these will be used by all OGP countries when developing, implementing and monitoring open government action plans. In the post below - written with Paul Maassen from the OGP and first published on the…

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Hello from Involve’s new Team Coordinator

February 1, 2017 – Megan Raybould

I started working at Involve in a post-EU referendum world, one week after Trump won the American election. I’m entering into the field of public participation at a hectic time – a time of uncertain and shifting ground. My MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation emphasised the need for a politics that is intersectional: politics…

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Government data and public benefit

January 25, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce a major new partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and Involve. We will be working together in three local authority areas to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing, specifically between public…

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Changes at Involve: A thank you to Simon Burall

January 12, 2017 – Ed Mayo

It is with great pride that we look back on the last eight years Simon has spent as Director of Involve.  Simon has built a significant reputation, portfolio of projects and intellectual assets at Involve, as well as an energetic, committed and expert team of staff and trustees.  Anyone who has met Simon during that…

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Changes at Involve: A new year, a new start

January 12, 2017 – Simon Burall

I have been Director of Involve for eight years. It has been an exciting time to be heading up an organisation dedicated to strengthening democracy in the UK. In this time the country has seen two changes in government and political philosophy, the rise of new political forces and disruption to the citizen-state relationship magnified…

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Podcast on the trouble with elections

January 5, 2017 – Simon Burall

Luca Belgiorno- Nettis, founder of Australia's New Democracy Foundation explores the problem with politics. He argues that we've lost sight of the genius of the original Greek democracy; a system that relied on political representation, not through elections, but by lot or random selection. These citizen juries, he argues, offer a better way to do…

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