Tag Archive for "democracy"

Citizen engagement as an act of leadership

June 3, 2013 – Simon Burall

Open Policy making is one of the Government’s big ideas. The Public Administration Select Committee completed an inquiry into it last year, and has now just released its report. This post gives an initial reaction to this. This morning the Public Administration Select Committee released its eagerly (well by me anyway) report following its inquiry…

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A reflection on the local government elections

May 9, 2013 – Clive Mitchell

Broadcast and national press coverage of local elections is a numbers game. Total numbers of seats held by each party, swings to and fro, councils lost, gained or hung and the added juice this year of an emergent fourth party. And these numbers are normally just the starter to the media's main course: how all…

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Resetting the Aid Relationship

April 17, 2013 – Simon Burall

The aid and development sector has been a pioneer within the engagement field, developing practical and innovative methodologies such as Participatory Appraisal as well as embedding concepts such as ownership through participation as part of mainstream policy.  The focus of such activity has been in developing countries themselves. Beyond one way communication with UK taxpayers,…

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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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“Hearing the voices of the unheard”

January 24, 2013 – Tim Hughes

Yesterday, I attended a meeting of the Participatory Budgeting Network, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. The PB Network is a newly formed body advocating for and leading new learning and innovations in PB. It takes over from the work of the PB Unit, which sadly was…

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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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How will we know if open government is successful?

November 13, 2012 – Simon Burall

I’ve been at DFID and Omidya’s OpenUp conference on transparency and open government. It was a star-studded affair, stimulating and full of insight. But…. The morning focused on transparency and open data, we heard from a strong panel about the power of initiatives like Ushahidi to use transparency and crowdsourcing to empower citizens. One of…

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boy walking, head down, alone

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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