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Tag Archive for "citizen-participation-in-challenging-issues"

Big questions require bold answers – introducing a plan for engaging the public in gene editing

March 23, 2018 – Tim Hughes

From human enhancement to the eradication of diseases, and many other possible applications besides, the science of gene editing will fundamentally affect both how we live and die in the future. It raises some profound social and moral questions that must be grappled with by scientists, policy makers and the public alike. These questions cannot…

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Democracy Day: 4 key takeaways

April 10, 2017 – Megan Raybould

A fortnight ago I attended Building Change Trust’s Democracy Day, as part of the Imagine Festival. The event showcased 8 civic activism projects run by civil society organisations in Northern Ireland – and mentored by Involve and The Democratic Society – that have used a variety of creative and innovative engagement methods. It also marked…

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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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A tactical retreat?

October 4, 2016 – Simon Burall

Our democracy is a complex system of institutions making decisions that affect the lives of citizens in obvious and less obvious ways. It consists of institutions at every level, from the very local parish council, through local authorities, the network of organisations delivering services, Parliament and the Government in Whitehall, all the way through to…

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Science, Society and Engagement – an e-anthology

May 6, 2016 – Simon Burall

Science, Society and Engagement is an e-anthology published by Involve to capture learning from the Engage2020[i] project on public engagement in research and technological innovation across Europe. There is a growing acceptance worldwide that engaging citizens in dialogue about issues that affect them improves the quality, legitimacy and sustainability of policy and decision making.  In response…

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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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Public views about low carbon heat technologies – Sciencewise Sounding Board

February 24, 2016 – Reema Patel

Sciencewise recently delivered an online deliberative discussion in partnership with the Committee on Climate Change, an independent statutory body which advises the government on reducing the UK’s emissions. We engaged 17 participants in dialogue and discussion through the Sounding Board, Sciencewise’s tool for online deliberative engagement. This was our second pilot of the Sounding Board;…

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