Tag Archive for "active-citizenship"

A new member of the Involve and Sciencewise teams

August 26, 2015 – Joe Beaglehole

Hi everyone! I’ve just finished my first week as the new Citizens and Science Programme Manager at Involve. I’m really excited about joining the Sciencewise team and helping to develop a wider programme of work to engage the public on new science and technology.   I’m from New Zealand where my work has been in public…

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Civic Activism Awards – Learning Support Part 1

August 13, 2015 – Tim Hughes

As part of Building Change Trust's Civic Activism Awards, Involve and Democratic Society will be working with the Trust to deliver support to successful awardees. Tim Hughes is leading Involve's work on the awards and we've included an excerpt from a chat with Tim below. You can read more on the Building Change Trust website. What type of work…

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Your vote isn’t important

April 24, 2015 – Simon Burall

I'm on a fortnight's writing retreat to read up on democratic theory and reflect on our work of the past 6 years. My conviction that fixating on voting reform (while important) won't miraculously lead to meaningful democratic reform has been reinforced.  Involve’s work is based on both the theory and practice of public engagement. This…

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Different with Digital: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Democracy « Local Democracy for Everyone

April 23, 2015 – Sonia Bussu

On Tuesday 28th March 2015, the Local Politics standing group (part of the British Political Studies Association) hosted an innovative panel at the PSA general conference in Sheffield, “Different with Digital”. We discussed how digital innovations, from social media to e-petitions, are affecting local democracy and councillors' interactions with the local communities. Marshall McLuhan’s words…

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Do the main parties REALLY want to share power?

April 17, 2015 – Simon Burall

The two main party manifestos contain a number of immediate headline grabbers such as the budget responsibility lock and the state pension triple lock. But what do their sales pitches tell us about how much control the two parties want to share with the citizens who will vote them in? The mood music is good.…

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The design of healthcare institutions benefits greatly from citizen participation: Claudia Landwehr

December 9, 2014 – Emily Graham

In this blog-post on Democratic Audit UK, Claudia Landwehr outlines how citizen participation can be beneficial in the design of healthcare institutions. The full article is available here.   Here is an excerpt in which Claudia Landweh describes about her research: "Engaging citizens in institutional design Are citizens interested in questions of institutional design? Or is the matter too abstract and…

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Trusting politicians on democratic reform is a mugs game

September 22, 2014 – Simon Burall

  The moments when the opportunity for real constitutional reform come around are rare, very rare. This is as it should be. Such reforms have long-term implications for the relationship between citizens and government. This kind of change shouldn’t be made quickly; it requires reflection and a focus on the future of the nation as…

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