Tag Archive for "public-engagement"

Relaunching Sciencewise

March 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce that we have been selected by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to run the Sciencewise programme for the next two years, until April 2019. Over the 11 years of its existence, Sciencewise has positioned the UK as the world leader in engaging publics, scientists and stakeholders…

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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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Bringing public voices into parliamentary business

November 30, 2016 – Kaela Scott

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, at the Scottish Parliament, about opportunities for widening and deepening public participation in parliamentary processes. This independent Commission was set up in October 2016 to look at how Parliament can engage better with the people of Scotland and how its work…

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EVENT Trump and Brexit: What’s your take?

November 14, 2016 – Simon Burall

Our friends and colleagues at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace are organising a participatory dialogue event exploring what is beneath the surface of the recent political upheavals. This will take place November 17th, 2016 18:30. They say, "with input from two 'provocative animators', we will engage deeply with questions of cultural, economic and generational division,…

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Democracy: it’s complicated

November 4, 2016 – Simon Burall

Following the High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50, the newspapers are full of competing descriptions of democracy. At its simplest level, this appears to be a debate about where the decision lies, with citizens through the ballot box, or vested in the democratically elected Parliament. On the Leave side, the…

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Schools and the expert delusion

April 15, 2016 – Simon Burall

There is a belief, prevalent in most, though thankfully not all, parts of government that ‘ordinary’ members of the public are incapable of contributing to and making most of the decisions that politicians and civil servants have to make. Instead, the belief is that experts are are the only ones capable of making effective decisions;…

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Boaty McBoatface vs. a beach towel

March 29, 2016 – Sophie Blake

There have been two cautionary tales in the news recently  for anyone thinking about opening a key decision up to the public. One that speaks of the perils of too much control over a process, and one of too little. Following a national referendum, New Zealanders have voted to keep their current flag rather than…

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Evidence and the jury

February 3, 2016 – Simon Burall

As I said in my last two posts, I’ve been a juror on a crown court case for the last two and a half weeks. In this third post in a series of three, I reflect on whether my experience as a juror has taught me anything that might improve the contribution of participants in…

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