Tag Archive for "active-citizenship"

Open data, participation and democracy – a call for case studies

May 22, 2013 – Sarah Borwick

Involve has recently started a new project, looking at the relationship between open data, participation and democracy. We are looking to understand the extent to which public organisations are currently engaging with citizens and community groups using open data and to develop some recommendations for how this relationship could be improved. Government ministers have stated…

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Clive Mitchell joins Involve

March 20, 2013 – Clive Mitchell

I’m thrilled and proud to be joining Involve as Programme Manager. Having worked alongside my colleagues at Involve for the last year or so as Local Government Associate, I’m really looking forward to contributing as one of the staff. A little bit about me: I’ve long been interested in citizen participation and engagement, and the…

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From Fairy Tale to Reality

February 26, 2013 – Edward Andersson

[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 Part of what is holding us back is outdated myths about citizen engagement.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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Activating citizens in Ukraine: A story worth telling

February 20, 2013 – Ingrid Prikken

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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Playing policy top-trumps: Is there a best way to inform policy?

January 18, 2013 – Emily Dawson

Emily Dawson works at King’s College London (Department of Education & Professional Studies) and University College London (Department of Science & Technology Studies) doing a mixture of research and teaching on public engagement with science and science in society subjects. The following is a guest blog that Emily has prepared for Involve. One of the…

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Pile of newspapers

Where is the public in the debate about public interest

November 28, 2012 – Simon Burall

The public is missing from all the debate about how the press should be regulated.  I'm loath to add to the reams of paper and bucket loads of electronic bytes which have been spent on the forthcoming report from the Leveson Inquiry about regulation of the press, but I'm going to. The options, as presented by…

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Public participation for the lost

November 7, 2012 – Metin Parlak

Involve's Communications Intern, Metin Parlak, introduces ParticipationCompass.org - the revamped and updated version of PeopleandParticipation.net.  Have you ever noticed that when you discover or learn something new you proceed to notice it everywhere? Psychologists call this ‘perceptual vigilance’. Over the past two months, whilst working at Involve, I have embarked on a participation crash course. …

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Americans Envision a Civic Infrastructure for Public Dialogue and Deliberation

October 26, 2012 – Janice Thomson

Janice Thomson's take on the NCDD conference and American's vision for Public Dialogue and Deliberation. Over a long and rainy weekend in Seattle, I joined members of the US-based National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) in a trendy downtown eco hotel for their semi-annual conference. NCDD celebrated their 10th anniversary as an organisation by taking on…

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