Tag Archive for "engagement"

Is open government going to make a difference to citizens?

May 11, 2017 – Simon Burall

Involve has been proud to coordinate the UK Open Government Civil Society Network for the last five years. We’ve contributed, alongside many other individuals and organisations, to some tangible outcomes for open government. To pick three notable examples, in the 2013-2015 Action Plan on beneficial ownership and transparency of the extractive industry, and in the…

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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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Highlights from #Reframe2

February 24, 2017 – Megan Raybould

Our Reframe series provides a space for facilitators to come together to develop a response to the Brexit vote and its aftermath. On the 22nd of February we held the second event in this series which focused on planning actions. It was a really productive and interesting day. You can read notes from some of…

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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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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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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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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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