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Embedded consultations – Where consultation is built into standard routine processes

September 13, 2006 By

Not all public participation or consultation is a one-off exercise. It is true that much that is most visible reflects the most extensive, wide-ranging dialogues, accompanied by appropriately high wide…

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Substance and Spin – Recent events hold lessons for soccer fans – and others!

September 4, 2006 By

Okay, if the fate of the World Cup had reflected the quality of the merchandising rather than the quality of the football, we might have won……! Yet again, there is…

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Parkinson’s Law – Does this 1950’s theory apply to consultations?

September 4, 2006 By

When C. Northcote Parkinson first mooted his theory in the pages of the Economist in the mid-1950s, could he perhaps have foreseen how relevant it might be to 21st century…

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In Place of the Soap Opera – Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

September 4, 2006 By

Media coverage of recent events has hardly broken new ground, but it may have reminded readers and viewers how focused we have all become on personalities. True, there is discussion…

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In Place of the Soap Opera Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues

September 4, 2006 By

Consultation is an excellent way to focus on the real issues Media coverage of recent events has hardly broken new ground, but it may have reminded readers and viewers how…

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Fling out the Flipchart? – Is "brainstorming" becoming an over-used consultation technique?

September 4, 2006 By

Picture the setting! A motley collection of worthies, no doubt intended to be representative but more likely to be wonderfully atypical and idiosyncratic – are gathered together and earnestly apply…

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The Pre-emptive Close – What happens if a decision-maker appears to take sides in a controversial consultation?

September 4, 2006 By

The Prime Minister had a bad press the other day! Nothing new in that you may say: but the occasion for criticism might have raised a few eyebrows among those…

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On the Ball…..! – A Focus on Fun points the way towards popular public engagement

September 4, 2006 By

A few days ago, one of the more popular Radio Stations invited a Church of England Vicar to talk about the special prayer he had published. In essence this was…

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Substance and Spin – Recent events hold lessons for soccer fans – and others!

September 4, 2006 By

  Okay, if the fate of the World Cup had reflected the quality of the merchandising rather than the quality of the football, we might have won……! Yet again, there…

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