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Tag Archive for "community"

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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Developing the Space for a Public Conversation about Democratic Reform

November 27, 2014 – Emily Graham

Involve, along with the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, The Democratic Society, and Democratise, held an event on 3 November 2014 to discuss democratic reform and to explore how we can help create a national conversation about what this means for ordinary citizens. Watch what happened & hear what was discussed here: [youtube=] Image Credit: CC…

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On Democratic Reform: How do we start a national conversation?

November 4, 2014 – Sonia Bussu

How do we capitalise on the momentum of the Scottish referendum to start a meaningful national conversation about democratic reform, beyond the (quite sterile) political discussion around constitutional change that is happening in Westminster? How do we spark people’s imagination? How do we make the debate relevant to them, beyond petty nationalistic feelings around the…

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From Fairy Tale to Reality

February 26, 2013 – Edward Andersson

[caption id="attachment_4382" align="alignright" width="263"] From Fairy Tale to Reality[/caption] Citizen engagement has become increasingly important in the last ten years, but we have barely scraped the surface of what innovative public engagement can do for public services, communities and citizens. Part of what is holding us back is outdated myths about citizen engagement. “From Fairy…

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Energy transition: what about involving citizens?

December 17, 2012 – Ingrid Prikken

 In my previous post about engagement with local energy issues and climate change, I argued that these complex issues require government and citizens to work together, but this isn't by any means an easy task. Here are a few of my thoughts on engaging citizens with climate change.   Why work with citizens and communities? From both…

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Pile of newspapers

Where is the public in the debate about public interest

November 28, 2012 – Simon Burall

The public is missing from all the debate about how the press should be regulated.  I'm loath to add to the reams of paper and bucket loads of electronic bytes which have been spent on the forthcoming report from the Leveson Inquiry about regulation of the press, but I'm going to. The options, as presented by…

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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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Reframing conflict

April 17, 2012 – Ingrid Prikken

This post explores the challenges of conflict to effective participation. Should we reframe our approach to dealing with conflict in light of the localism agenda? A few weeks ago Involve and Consumer Focus hosted a seminar to explore ‘where next for localism and co-production?’ Consumer Focus launched their research into participation and active citizenship –…

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