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Out of sight ….. out of mind? – What role should public dialogue have played in anticipating major disasters such as this summer’s deluge?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Our thoughts this week are undoubtedly with tens of thousands of residents in Gloucestershire and elsewhere, who, as this topic is being written are flooded out, without drinking water, and…

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Consultation blight – How much damage is done by re-organisation?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

In England, the Local Government Minister has thrown a substantial grenade towards a large number of Councils by announcing nine successful bids for Unitary status, and thereby sealing the fate…

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Have you a Breakout strategy? – Consultation events frequently include small group sessions – but do they deliver?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

One of the biggest trends in consultation is away from the big fat document and towards participative events. These come in different shapes and sizes and sport a variety of…

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Reality Check – What happens when major change is implemented?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Major re-generation projects these days are always the subject of consultation, and the same goes for less comprehensive urban re-development. Other changes to our communities are also supposed to be…

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A week is a long time …… – Are we about to see the end of the 12-week rule?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Last Friday was the closing date for the consultation held on “Effective consultation” – or how the Government itself, and its agencies should manage their consultations. The debate has covered…

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A single source of data – Eliminating wasteful data management practices may be the best case for new technology

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

We’re at a curious point in the adoption of new technology for public or stakeholder participation. Many organisations have intelligently dabbled; most can now boast a passable attempt to list…

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Selective hearing – When respondents say “Yes but ….”

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Were all consultations simple Yes/No votes, life would probably be simpler. Dumbed-down, maybe; but without doubt simpler! In reality, however, policy-making at all levels is complex and there are shades…

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Participatory Budgeting

July 11, 2007 Briefing Paper

Introduction – 3 Definitions of Participatory Budgeting – 3 Background – 4 Characteristics – 5 The UK experience – 7 Opportunities & Challenges – 9 Is it right for us?…

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Location, location, location ……… – Where you undertake consultation is as important as how you do it

February 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

If you’re among the titans of British business – or even merely a Government Minister – your acolytes gather around and solemnly advise that you should hold sensitive meetings on…

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