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Petitions & Panels at Number 10 – Do recent initiatives in the Prime Minister’s office amount to something more than Public Relations?

November 6, 2007 By

Many newspapers and even parts of the BBC seem to have decided for themselves that 10 Downing Street’s recent experiments with public participation are nothing but a set of PR…

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Perverted Polls – Do corrupt telephone polls by careless broadcasters reduce the credibility of public consultations?

November 6, 2007 By

When even Blue Peter has to apologise for misleading callers to its show, and virtually every other broadcaster has had to run for cover lest its practices be placed under…

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Reaching agreement – Beyond the idea of "knocking heads together…."

November 6, 2007 By

We all know people who think they are skilled at “knocking heads together” – and very useful they are too for those occasions when deep seated intransigence or sheer obstinacy…

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A Question of Relevance – Why we need to focus on the right issues

November 6, 2007 By

If you look down a list of consultations from a range of public bodies, two things become immediately obvious. One is the sheer variety of topics and issues. The other…

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Orphan Strategies – Preparing for the future whilst avoiding the mistakes of the past

November 6, 2007 By

Developing strategies is not unlike having children. Many are conceived from committed parentage, and are nurtured in a loving and learning environment. But others are what we call orphans, the…

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Beyond Feedback – Being seen to listen requires imagination and forward-planning

November 6, 2007 By

Almost everyone agrees that one of the biggest weaknesses of public and stakeholder consultation is inadequate feedback to respondents and the public. But, just for a moment, imagine the best,…

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Seeking the Silent Majority – Is this what the new Local Government Bill is all about?

November 6, 2007 By

The Government’s proposed duty to inform, consult and involve is leading to some pretty deep discussions in many a public body. There is a lot of muddled thinking around as…

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Why Community “kitties” WILL work – People are right to be sceptical about some new ideas, but this one really can make a difference

November 6, 2007 By

Okay, so calling them “community kitties” maybe does the idea less than justice. But, had Hazel Blears used the term “participatory budgeting”, who’d have bothered to look twice at these…

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Do Guidelines Work? – Do we successfully change behaviour by publishing advice and guidance?

November 6, 2007 By

If you work in the general field of public participation, chances are that your organisation has issued some form of Guidelines to help you do your job. They may not…

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