Tag Archive for "community-engagement"

Can more public participation fix our broken democracy?

October 26, 2016 – Simon Burall

I’m fortunate to be attending the two week long Open State Festival in Adelaide, South Australia. There are over 60 events covering the future of leadership, of cities, money, technology and democracy. I’m speaking and participating; it’s been both exciting and really challenging to my thinking. In this blog post I thought I’d digest part…

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Methods, Methods everywhere… Engage2020 Action Catalogue

May 2, 2016 – Simon Burall

The Engage2020 Action Catalogue is an online tool designed help researchers, policy-makers and others wanting to engage with the public on technical or scientific issues to find the method best suited to their needs. In Science, Society and Engagement (an e-Anthology published as part of the Engage2020 project) one of the conclusions the authors draw…

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Deliberation as compromise or sell-out?

October 23, 2015 – Simon Burall

Graham Smith of Westminster University’s Centre for the Study of Democracy gave me the space to think and the source material which stimulated my thinking as I wrote Room for a View. In his blog post responding to its publication, he highlights a significant tension contained within my analysis: “I worry that some deliberative theorists…

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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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Participation Lab: A mad pre-Christmas idea?

December 10, 2014 – Simon Burall

Coming back to your RSS feeds after a long time is a bit like seeing an old friend after too long: it can take a bit of time to get going, but there are so many interesting things to catch-up on; so much fun to be had. I managed a partial catch-up last night and came across…

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A democracy fit for the future?

February 4, 2014 – Simon Burall

The democracy revolution is not inevitable and Involve has a central role in helping to make it happen: this post highlights my vision for a democracy fit for the 21st Century and is based on what I said at Involve's 10th Birthday party tonight.  As the ever brilliant XKCD points out (see partial screen grab below),…

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Using deliberative engagement to make small businesses more sustainable

Published: January 6, 2014

Involve worked with Leeds Beckett University and various partners across Europe to deliver a project that aimed to help small and medium-sized businesses to be more sustainable and resilient. Part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme, the project was funded with support from the European Commission. It used deliberative engagement methods to engage business leaders in developing…

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Dreaming of Open Government

October 30, 2013 – Simon Burall

I’m writing this post in the middle of the very hectic, energetic and noisy Civil Society Open Government Partnership Day. We’ve been supporting others in the organisation of this day. Its aim is to broaden the conversation about, and civil society organisations (CSOs) involved in, the Open Government Partnership (OGP). I’ve just finished presenting at…

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