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Focus on Empowerment – If the Government is really serious about its new Empowerment agenda, it needs better focus and a willingness to stick with it for a while

November 20, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

It might be easy to dismiss much of the Government’s flashy new “empowerment” agenda1 as yet more spin. But, despite being open to criticism, there are some really significant positives…

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The ultimate consultation – How strong is the case for a referendum?

November 11, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Direct democracy has many enthusiastic fans. They point out that some questions are just too important for elected representatives to decide; constitutional changes are often cited as classic issues of…

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Legal Challenges – What are the implications of the Greenpeace case? …… and will it affect less high-profile consultations?

November 6, 2007 By Tuesday Topic

Make no mistake; this High Court judgment will have a major impact upon the conduct of public debate in the United Kingdom. It’s not that this is the first time…

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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 Tuesday Topic

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 Tuesday Topic

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 Tuesday Topic

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 Tuesday Topic

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 Tuesday Topic

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 Tuesday Topic

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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