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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…Read more
Why Community “kitties” WILL work – People are right to be sceptical about some new ideas, but this one really can make a difference
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…Read more
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…Read more
Out of sight ….. out of mind? – What role should public dialogue have played in anticipating major disasters such as this summer’s deluge?
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…Read more
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…Read more
Have you a Breakout strategy? – Consultation events frequently include small group sessions – but do they deliver?
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…Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
A single source of data – Eliminating wasteful data management practices may be the best case for new technology
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…Read more