Tag Archive for "deliberative-democracy"

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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Bringing public voices into parliamentary business

November 30, 2016 – Kaela Scott

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, at the Scottish Parliament, about opportunities for widening and deepening public participation in parliamentary processes. This independent Commission was set up in October 2016 to look at how Parliament can engage better with the people of Scotland and how its work…

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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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