24th July 2020 by Niamh Webster
The understated importance of principles and remembering why we do what we do Talking of principles often causes eyes to glaze over, minds to wander and sleepy heads to nod off… But taking an open approach as our key principle guided us. It made our public discussion a success. Easing lockdown has dominated the media...
26th June 2020 by Niamh Webster
Blog by our team member Niamh Webster. Originally published in the Smart Places illustrated blog series of 7 articles featuring thought pieces from a diverse line up of thinkers, practitioners, experts and leaders in this field. Read the other articles in the series and the full programme of events. With thanks to James Albon for the...
11th May 2020 by Dialogue Analysis Team
How we’re asking the public to share and debate their opinions on the steps we can take to move to a new normal.
8th May 2020 by Dialogue Analysis Team
How we're asking the public to share and debate their opinions on the steps we can take to move to a new normal.
26th February 2020 by Sophie Lock
‘Nothing about us without us’ is a mantra I often heard when working at a disability charity. The phrase has been a key part of the disability rights movement. It reflects the belief that decisions should never be made without the involvement of those affected. For many in the world of health and social care,...
19th February 2020 by Niamh Webster
Read Niamh Webster’s presentation from Apolitical’ s online workshop on public engagement in policymaking. Imagine giving a presentation to 700 people all over the world while still wearing your slippers. This happened to me recently. No, not a bad dream, just speaking at a global Apolitical online workshop. Sitting at my kitchen table on video...
6th February 2020 by Niamh Webster
Top tips from Korea to Brazil, Japan to France. Reflections on an international week of democratic innovations in Manchester – and the biggest gathering of democracy fanatics I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Thanks to David Attenborough, citizens’ assemblies hit the headlines a couple weeks ago. Speaking at the UK climate change assembly, Sir...
13th January 2020 by Chris Connolly
We just published our 500th consultation on Citizen Space. Read on to find out about our journey so far.
24th October 2019 by Niamh Webster
What do the UEFA European Championship and civil partnerships have in common? They’re recent bills being debated before becoming law. What’s interesting is that until now, bills have been drafted on paper. These are the first to be written using digital tools. It’s a move towards more open government. Guest blog from Matthew Lynch at...
18th October 2019 by Sophie Lock
“Citizens’ assemblies are about rebuilding the links between the public and the political system.” Those are the words of Dr Jane Suiter at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics Citizens’ Assemblies event last week.