Tag Archive for "big-society"

Do the main parties REALLY want to share power?

April 17, 2015 – Simon Burall

The two main party manifestos contain a number of immediate headline grabbers such as the budget responsibility lock and the state pension triple lock. But what do their sales pitches tell us about how much control the two parties want to share with the citizens who will vote them in? The mood music is good.…

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NHS democracy: some ideas

July 12, 2013 – Simon Burall

This post was written by Anthony Zacharzewski from Demsoc with help from Simon Burall. It first appeared on Demsoc's site. Budget pressure on the NHS, and in particular the need to save money and increase quality by closing and merging hospital services, makes the need for better democratic accountability in the NHS even more pressing. Sir David…

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Politics, public engagement and mob rule

November 20, 2012 – Simon Burall

A few reflections on the Public Administration Select Committee's evidence session on Public Engagement. So, I survived my grilling by the Public Administration Select Committee. The inquiry was framed around the government’s Open Policy Making proposals, focusing specifically on public engagement. I was in front of the committee with Mike Bracken, Head of the Government…

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Webinar 5: Organising people for power

April 27, 2012 – Tim Hughes

Today, 27 April, we held the fifth webinar in our series on community engagement for the Creative Councils programme. In this session,  Mark Parker explores what modern broad-based organising looks like in practice, where it has come from and how organising can contribute to reviving grassroots democracy. Mark is a community organiser working in Southwark in South London, part of the four-year…

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Where next for localism and co-production?

April 3, 2012 – Tim Hughes

On 15 March 2012, Involve co-hosted with Consumer Focus a seminar exploring ‘where next for localism and co-production?’ The event brought together a group of 27 individuals from national government, local government, the voluntary and community sector, the social innovation field, academia and think tanks to explore some of the challenges and opportunities for localism and co-production in the coming…

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Involve submission on the future of local government

March 26, 2012 – Clive Mitchell

Involve have submitted responses to the Civic Enterprise Call for Evidence on the Future of Local Government. Today we’ve just posted two additional submissions to the Civic Enterprise Commission to contribute to the one we submitted before Christmas. We think it’s an important Commission and we’d love to hear your feedback on our suggestions and…

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Participation as a power struggle

February 28, 2012 – Annie Quick

Participation takes place in an unequal world. If we don't acknowledge and engage with these power inequalities, there's a danger that participation will increase them.  Recently, I spent an evening describing the work of Involve to an old school friend. Quite political, but with no particular interest in participation, she challenged me to justify my…

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Why democracy should start in the classroom

January 20, 2012 – Annie Quick

Could giving students more of a say in the way that schools are run lay the groundwork for more engaged and thoughtful citizenship later in life? The Department for Education is currently running a review of the curriculum (soon to be open to public consultation). One of the subjects in danger of being cut is…

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