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Transparently the wrong question

October 20, 2012 – Simon Burall

The answer to whether lobbying by business and civil society should be made transparent is an obvious yes. The real question is how to bring more voices into government.  I'm just about to start speaking at a session on Lobbyists: the new hidden persuaders at this year's Battle of Ideas. I've written this post as…

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Contrasting Opinions: Social Media’s Role in Participation

August 29, 2012 – Kaitlyn Pisaruk

A summary of Rob Dale and Tim Hughes recent Guardian Online articles on social media and participation. Last week, Rob Dale argued in the Guardian Online that social media was the key to participation and solving what his piece called voters apathy. Tim Hughes responded that, in his view, greater use of social media will not increase citizen participation. Tim…

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Participants of the Future

August 13, 2012 – Metin Parlak

Much of the conversation on public participation paradoxically focuses on the supply side: the willingness of, and the opportunities presented by, decision-makers to open up. This article, written by Edward Andersson for The Future of Public Participation: Opportunities, Limits and Challenges rejects the idea that participants are a homogenous and static cohort from which civil…

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Elderly men talking

Participants of the Future

August 13, 2012 – Metin Parlak

Much of the conversation on public participation paradoxically focuses on the supply side: the willingness of, and the opportunities presented by, decision-makers to open up. This article, written by Edward Andersson for The Future of Public Participation: Opportunities, Limits and Challenges rejects the idea that participants are a homogenous and static cohort from which civil…

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They mustn’t walk alone (but they’ll try)

July 13, 2012 – Simon Burall

New research suggests that the UK needs a new constitution. However, recent rancorous exchanges around Lords reform proves that politicians won’t be able to write one alone. Only the genuine, deep, involvement of the public will help to break the deadlock. Democratic Audit* has published its fourth comprehensive Audit of UK democracy. The Audit is…

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The future of energy: public engagement’s moon race?

June 22, 2012 – Simon Burall

The debate about Europe's future energy needs is complex, technical and highly contested. It must involve the public as much as interested stakeholders. There are signs that decision-makers at European and national level understand this.  I’ve just come back from an EU Conference where the German decision to remove nuclear from the country’s future energy…

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How politically engaged are we?

April 27, 2012 – Tim Hughes

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have caught me tweeting from the launch of the ninth Audit of Political Engagement on Wednesday. The Audit is "an annual health check on our democratic system" published by the Hansard Society. This year's audit makes for quite depressing reading, with a number of aspects of political…

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Where next for localism and co-production?

April 3, 2012 – Tim Hughes

On 15 March 2012, Involve co-hosted with Consumer Focus a seminar exploring ‘where next for localism and co-production?’ The event brought together a group of 27 individuals from national government, local government, the voluntary and community sector, the social innovation field, academia and think tanks to explore some of the challenges and opportunities for localism and co-production in the coming…

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Pathways through Participation

November 30, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Pathways through Participation was a two and a half year (April 2009 - November 2011) qualitative research project, which aimed to improve our understanding of how and why people participate, how their involvement changes over time, and what pathways, if any, exist between different activities.

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It takes two to engage

November 10, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Motivations are critical to whether citizens engage, but we need a much better understanding of how individuals' motivations are affected by their participation experiences. A strong case has been developed in recent decades for the benefits of public participation to public organisations, and a good understanding has been established of the ingredients needed for successful…

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