Simon Burall is director of Involve, an organisation that designs and promotes processes for public participation in government.
E-petitions aren't enough - Britain should learn from the 'Oregon model' of citizen juries
For the first time in Britain, the public has used e-petitions to successfully push for Parliamentary debates - but...
Local government's 'duty to involve' the English is being scrapped
Today, local authorities in England have a 'duty to involve' citizens in decision-making. Soon this will be...
How does local government join the Big Society?
The government has been very clear in its vision that a smaller state is needed to liberate society. But how should...
MyAid or WhyAid?
A new UK government proposal to allow the public to determine how development aid is spent has come under heavy...
When "local" can’t happen locally
Central government has a critical and active role to play if Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" idea is to...
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