SFCIC Blogs

Blogs written by us, on either our site or an external site

Visible, Valued and Supported

A Carers Week blog by Shared Future. We’re all concerned about the cost of living crisis. But there are some who are more invisible than most of us. Who are really struggling. Have been ‘just about managing’ at best, for too long. That is, an army of unpaid carers, 6.5 million strong, young and old, that look after friends, neighbours and family members.

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Beyond the framework: the co-benefits of deliberation

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A new paper examining Shared Future’s Leeds Climate Change Citizens Jury highlights the co-benefits of deliberation, writes SF Director Jez Hall. Local authorities wanting to achieve meaningful carbon reduction, are increasingly turning towards public engagement. Shared Future is part of this, having delivered a wide range of

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Is 2022 the year for more Participatory Budgeting?

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The pandemic interrupted the use of participatory budgeting (PB) programmes, but we believe there is a growing appetite to restart them post-Covid, especially grant making PB programmes. While grant making PB certainly has benefits, there are pitfalls too, says Shared Future Director Jez Hall in this end of year opinion piece. The work for Shared Future, he adds, is to suggest ways to make the transition from PB grant-making to consider the larger ‘mainstream’ budgets and reach the ideal situation where we have both.

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New Directions: Evolutions in Youth Participation Blogs

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The role of young people as independent actors in their own right, able to define and become architects of their future has changed over the years. In thinking this through, we might look back and reflect on how the concept of youth participation has evolved over the decades since the student led protest movements of the 1960s. Much has changed. In a series of 5 short blogs Jez Hall looks at emerging democratic innovations.

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