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Tag Archive for "deliberative-democracy"

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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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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On technocrats, the public and red herrings

July 27, 2017 – Simon Burall

The economist and BBC presenter Tim Harford wrote an article earlier in the year called, “Some things are best left to the technocrats”. I stumbled across it again today and this time I have a little time to write a response. Harford is a good writer and compelling story teller. He has a knack of…

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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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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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