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Beyond Sunningdale – A Consultation Institute response to The Sunningdale Institute Report for the Cabinet Office
‘Engagement & Aspiration: Reconnecting Policy Making with Front Line Professionals’ Introduction In March 2009, the Sunningdale Institute published a Cabinet Office commissioned Study to examine how to ensure better…Read more
Who’s in the room? – Engaging stakeholders is a continuous process – not something just done during a formal consultation period
One of the myths about consultation is that it is a defined one-off event that starts and finishes … and that’s it. Now some consultation exercises do have those characteristics,…Read more
Time and Space – New technology is close to re-writing the laws of physics with huge implications for public engagement
Two apparently unconnected news stories in the past few days illustrate how the world is changing around us. By now, the number of people who will have watched the Susan…Read more
One of the terms that’s used for up-to-the-minute information technology is Cloud computing. There have been worse examples of marketing hype; at least this conjures up an appropriate image of…Read more
Authoritative consultees – Some of those we consult speak with greater authority than others, but few can rival the claims of those who have been elected!
One of the most persistent urban myths about consultation is that it’s a numbers game. Reducing complex issues to a yes/no vote is always a risky business, and it is…Read more
Mind our language! – Well-meaning attempts to curb unnecessary jargon are in danger of dumbing down intelligent debate
The Local Government Association (LGA) has published a list of 200 terms “that public bodies should not use if they want to communicate with local people.” High time, you might…Read more
There have always been debates about opting in or out of things. Forty years ago, it was about trades union membership; two decades later it was about stakeholder pensions; nowadays…Read more
These are remarkable times, with thoughtful people concluding that the tectonic plates of economic, social and political structures are shifting. A few short months ago, we looked at Banks as…Read more