This document takes a snapshot of relevant literature to discuss the features of citizens juries, their use (both in Scotland, England and internationally) and the Scottish context for running such a deliberative process.
We are pleased to present our 2016 – 2017 Annual Report. Having achieved a good level of stability we are excited about the future; building on our current portfolio and seeing what as yet unexplored opportunities are open to us. As ever the coming year promises more interesting and exciting work and we look forward to continuing our engagement with stakeholders, associates and clients, old and new.
We are delighted to be working with Greater Manchester Talent Match and Reason Digital carrying out a piece of work developing an online employment support tool and reviewing the current Opportunities Hub.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a company focusing on worthwhile, exciting and innovative projects in a wide variety of localities.
Our associate pool is expanding, with the recent of addition of Martin Wells, Amanda Preece and Phil Murphy, and we also say goodbye to long term associate and ex-SFCIC director Mandy Naylor.
Working with us since our earliest days, Mandy will be sorely missed by us all, and we wish her the very best in her new role.
Now in its 9th year, the Citizen Participation University (CPU) is an annual gathering of community activists, organisers and developers, from across Europe, but also reaching out to the USA and into Turkey. Over 50 people came together, for 4 days, to talk, act out and share their best practice. A real powerhouse of community inspiration, and a rare opportunity to think outside of our boxes.
This citizen led inquiry was commissioned by Blackpool Council’s Public Health department as a way of finding out what local residents think after an intense period of deliberation, where they were given the chance to share experiences and opinions, to challenge each other and to question a range of professionals before writing their own recommendations on what needs to happen.
In 2017 Shared Future facilitated a citizen led inquiry into Health and Wellbeing in Central Blackpool. These short videos, taken on the 4th May 2017 explain the reasons behind why the inquiry was needed and what went on. The interviews were filmed by Martin Wells of HeadHandHeart Ltd.
On the 31st January 2017 the West Midlands Mental Health Action plan was launched by Norman Lamb MP. Central to the production of the action plan was the West Midlands Mental Health Citizen Inquiry, organised by Shared Future CIC.
Shared Future CIC does not currently have funding to provide extensive free support and advice to new or existing social enterprises. However, as part of our social mission to support other social enterprises, we remain committed to offering a basic advice and signposting service.
Fracking is a hugely important issue for politicians grappling with the energy challenges we are faced with now and in the future. However, the debate is dominated by industry representatives, politicians and campaigners, with citizens often left watching from the sidelines. This report is of a citizen led inquiry and the conclusions of a group of citizens who looked at Fracking with fresh eyes and an open mind.