Tag Archive for "participation"

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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Is open government going to make a difference to citizens?

May 11, 2017 – Simon Burall

Involve has been proud to coordinate the UK Open Government Civil Society Network for the last five years. We’ve contributed, alongside many other individuals and organisations, to some tangible outcomes for open government. To pick three notable examples, in the 2013-2015 Action Plan on beneficial ownership and transparency of the extractive industry, and in the…

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Highlights from #Reframe2

February 24, 2017 – Megan Raybould

Our Reframe series provides a space for facilitators to come together to develop a response to the Brexit vote and its aftermath. On the 22nd of February we held the second event in this series which focused on planning actions. It was a really productive and interesting day. You can read notes from some of…

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Introducing the Open Government Partnership’s new Participation and Co-creation Standards

February 10, 2017 – Tim Hughes

Over the past year, Involve has been working with the Open Government Partnership to develop new Participation and Co-Creation Standards. From this point forward, these will be used by all OGP countries when developing, implementing and monitoring open government action plans. In the post below - written with Paul Maassen from the OGP and first published on the…

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Government data and public benefit

January 25, 2017 – Simon Burall

We are delighted to announce a major new partnership between the Carnegie UK Trust and Involve. We will be working together in three local authority areas to build a better understanding of how different groups (government, civil society and advocacy groups) make sense of, and balance, the trade-offs inherent in data sharing, specifically between public…

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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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