Involve on ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast

February 5, 2018 – Sarah Allan

If you’re interested in public engagement and democracy, then listen to 'Rescuing Democracy: from Ancient Athens to Brexit' - the latest ‘Reasons to be Cheerful’ podcast with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd. It features interviews with Professor Jim Fishkin (inventor of the deliberative poll), David Van Reybrouck (author of ‘Against Elections’) and me (on behalf of Involve).…

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Bringing Open Government to Local Governments

January 29, 2018 – Andreas Pavlou

[This was article was originally published on the Open Government Network website:]   Last week, the Open Government Network was in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds to talk with local residents and civil society organisations about the problems they face, and reforms they feel are needed, to bring about more open government in the UK.…

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Have Your Say on Open Government!

January 16, 2018 – Andreas Pavlou

Shape the next UK Open Government Action Plan Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments work better for citizens when they are transparent, participatory and accountable. The UK Open Government Network, coordinated by Involve, is travelling up and down the country to collect your ideas and proposals for reforms that you think…

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Newsletter: Our Highlights from 2017

December 20, 2017 – Andreas Pavlou

Welcome to our end of year newsletter! Is it that time of year already? It doesn’t feel possible, but it’s now almost 12 months since I took the helm at Involve. Since then, we’ve developed and launched a new 5-year strategy to transform democracy and decision making in the UK. We’re incredibly excited by it,…

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Time to build a network to transform UK democracy

November 3, 2017 – Andreas Pavlou

My name is Andreas Pavlou, and recently I started working at Involve in the newly-created position of Network Lead. Since telling my family and friends about accepting this job, I have been asked why would I leave warm and sunny Spain for cold and rainy London. Obviously, I am not here to ‘enjoy’ the weather!…

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I robot, you society, let’s talk

November 3, 2017 – Simon Burall

Isaac Asimov’s fiction paints a largely utopian technological future in which scientists develop new technology at a distance from society, but with its best interests at heart. All our real world experience, however, shows that what we really need is a science that is fully engaged with, and held accountable by, society. Isaac Asimov’s three…

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We’re recruiting! 4 x Freelance Youth Engagement Coordinators for MH:2K

October 31, 2017 – Sarah Allan

4 x Freelance Youth Engagement Coordinators for MH:2K  One role in each of: Birmingham Central Lancashire North Tyneside Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Deadline for applications: 5pm on Wednesday 22 November Download an application pack here.    The Opportunity MH:2K is an innovative project to enable young people to influence decisions about emotional wellbeing and mental health.…

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Public prefer Single Market membership to no Brexit deal – Statement from the Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

October 26, 2017 – Tim Hughes

The public would rather remain in the Single Market than see the UK face ‘no deal’, a representative ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ of voters has found [1].  The findings follow speculation that the UK is heading towards a ‘no deal’ Brexit[2]. However, an impartial process found that while voters want Theresa May to seek a bespoke trade…

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