My first week at UoL

I’ve mostly been spoiled when it comes to understanding what people who work in Universities actually do.  After swanning around the Aegean, Boston, Vicenza, Budapest and even Malaga with various Professors from various Universities over the last decade it all seemed so easy – complete a few project meetings, work on a bunch of pre-agreed …

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Consistent Consultation – Getting it right, the first time

At a time where public consultation is getting more complex to deliver the luxury of having a dedicated consultation and engagement officer is ever distant. As reforms become more widespread, there is a danger that a lack of understanding or simple control over consultation activity within an organisation can result in silly mistakes, engagement activity with inconsistent …

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Citizen participation is fresh ingredient in Bank of England ‘secret sauce’

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA)has just published its findings from their citizens’ economic council – a two year review looking at how citizens can ‘have a say’ in national economic policy.  A number of recommendations have been proposed, including the establishment of an expert resource centre similar to Sciencewise. There is no …

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Engaging the Silent Stakeholders

Understanding the impact of equalities such as race, disability or gender is a duty for many Consultors (ie., project proponents, planners, and decision makers), particularly when proposals affect a population in a disproportion way. Taking anything more than a theoretical approach to this is a challenge, particularly when you need to engage with the silent stakeholders. …

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Let’s not scale back consultation on scientific subjects

Science and Technology are at the forefront of what gives the UK a competitive advantage.  It is therefore understandable why the government recently announced an additional £2b a year for research into emerging technologies. But we are also a nation of early adopters and government is often caught playing ‘catch-up’ when it comes to rely …

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