Tag Archive for "innovation"

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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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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Labour leadership (not the kind you think):  What childbirth can teach us about doing decision-making differently

September 5, 2015 – Amy Pollard

At Involve we think a lot about how to support leaders in government, policy making and the public sector to work differently as they make decisions.  Many leaders are accustomed to making decisions in the ‘decide, announce, defend’ model, where those with the highest authority take the lead and simply manage any backlash that gets…

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Participation Lab: A mad pre-Christmas idea?

December 10, 2014 – Simon Burall

Coming back to your RSS feeds after a long time is a bit like seeing an old friend after too long: it can take a bit of time to get going, but there are so many interesting things to catch-up on; so much fun to be had. I managed a partial catch-up last night and came across…

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Citizen Cobra: Public voice at times of crisis

May 8, 2014 – Amy Pollard

The historic received wisdom amongst participation experts has been that quality engagement with the public is incompatible with government in crisis mode.  Quality participation processes need a long lead-in for planning, and when under pressure governments want and need to get on with making quick decisions and avoid getting ‘slowed down’ by citizen engagement. I…

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How to keep public engagement open and innovative?

March 10, 2014 – Carolina Johnson

I spend a lot of time talking to community members as part of my PhD research on participatory budgeting.  One comment I hear commonly in these conversations, especially in cities taking more risks or being a bit more ambitious in their approach to public engagement, is something along the lines of “I can’t believe the…

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Democratic Innovations

March 4, 2014 – Tim Hughes

Back at the beginning of February, I attended Professor Graham Smith's inaugural lecture at the University of Westminster on the subject of Democratic Innovations. Graham's work is well worth checking out for anyone interested in participatory governance and democracy. I'd particularly recommend: His book: Democratic Innovations: Designing institutions for citizen participation; and Report for the Power…

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World Forum for Democracy

November 20, 2013 – Tim Hughes

Next week I’ll be taking part in the World Forum for Democracy, hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. It promises to be a fascinating three days of discussion on democracy, public participation, deliberation and digital. Here’s the blurb: Social networks, blogs, and online media offer citizens access to public life in an unprecedentedly…

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