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News of our projects, new reports, case studies and blogs

Beyond the ballot: How citizens can lead the climate change conversation

West Midlands Mental Health Commission Citizens Jury discuss their findings

Over recent months, as climate change has been propelled into the political mainstream, there has been an upsurge in interest in the role of deliberative processes such as Citizens’ Assemblies and Citizens’ Juries, too. An Assembly is a key demand of Extinction Rebellion, for example. Will politicians act or just nod? In this blog Pete Bryant and Rebecca Willis consider how getting the conditions right makes action more likely.

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What’s in a name: The thorny definition of ‘social enterprise’.

Woman at a community meeting, holding up a 'Building Vibrant Community' ideas sheet

In a recent meeting with colleagues representing different sides of the perennial social enterprise definition debate, we again stumbled, or struggled to agree. There is of course some official definitions, but everyone still seems to feel we need to broaden or narrow it. It sometimes feels like we are a lot of navel gazers dancing on the head of a pin! Which sounds difficult and dangerous.

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Citizens Assemblies, Citizens’ Juries and Climate Change

Fracking Inquiry 2016

Citizens Assemblies have gone mainstream, no longer are they the preserve of democracy geeks. The potential of ‘mini publics‘ in bringing together a diverse group of citizens to deliberate, reach consensus and deliver a mandate for action to their local and national politicians is fascinating. Especially, when we consider the complex nature of so many problems that our elected officials must grapple with, from Brexit to artificial intelligence to climate change. Peter Bryant tells us more in his new blog.

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Realistic Medicine: Recommendations from Scotland’s Citizens Jury on Shared Decision Making

In the autumn of 2018 a diverse group of Scottish Citizens gathered over three days to make recommendations on shared decision-making in health and social care. 24 people shared ideas, opinions and experiences and questioned outside ‘experts’ before attempting to reach some consensus.

The Our Voice Citizens’ Jury on Shared Decision-making: Interim Report documents the process followed and lists, in the participants’ own words, their recommendations.

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Empowering Pupils through Participatory Budgeting in Schools

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Schools play a central role in developing the life-skills and confidence of young people. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a proven deliberative process that can inspire, empower and engage young people in a cooperative, democratic and purposeful way. Bringing the two together has many positive benefits for schools, for society and for young people.

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Inquiry in the Challenge of Care at Home – Final Report

Care at Home report cover

After 6 weeks of deliberation our Inquiry in Care at Home produced compelling recommendations for transforming how services in Greater Manchester are commissioned and delivered. The ‘what’ and the ‘why. Following the launch of the Inquiry report we now invite Health and Social Care Commissioners across Greater Manchester to commit to considering ‘how’ the recommendations might be implemented.

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Journey into Social Enterprise: Long March or Walking the Talk?

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Jez Hall of Shared Future and Lynn Sbaih of Give2Gain had the privilege of running a two hour session at the recent Greater Manchester Social Enterprise conference on the ‘Journey of Social Enterprise’. Our purpose was to explore the motivations and reasons why people got into social enterprise, and then, to think more widely about what sustained individuals on their journey.

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Inquiry in the Challenge of Care at Home – sharing the recommendations, 12th December 2018

Session 4 of the care at home inquiry

After 6 weeks of deliberation our Inquiry have produced compelling recommendations for transforming how services in Greater Manchester are commissioned and delivered. The ‘what’ and the ‘why’.
We now invite you to work together, in a participatory way, to develop ideas on ‘how’ the recommendations might be implemented.

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Blackpool Far North Health and Wellbeing Inquiry

‘for people living in Blackpool Far North what are the main things that affect people’s health and well-being and what can be done about them?’
We have spent 18 months working with Public Health Blackpool and The Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group. The forth inquiry addressing the main things that affect people’s health and wellbeing and what can be done to address them has been completed

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