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Community involvement is marginal in Britain, data shows, Jun 30 [1]


NHS Citizen: Looking back on the Citizens’ Assembly, December 9 [2] On Wednesday 25th November the first official NHS Citizens’ Assembly took place at the ExCel Centre in London. This national Assembly brought together over 250 citizens with the Board of NHS England and senior NHS staff to discuss and look for solutions to 5 issues affecting healthcare in England. These issues were:

  1. Preventing premature deaths
  2. Comprehensive psychosocial approaches to mental health
  3. Improving health outcomes for looked-after children and young people
  4. Support for people with dementia post-diagnosis
  5. Transparency in Clinical Commissioning Group decision making

Engagement at the local level should be citizen-led rather than institution-led, October 28 [3]

Big Society has failed, three year Civil Exchange study concludes, January 20 [4]


Isabel Carlisle on making space for Nature: the Community Charter, September 17 [5]

Beyond Co-production - Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), May 23 [6]


Participatory Budgeting: tough questions and real answers, May 20 [7]


The left must abandon the idea of change from above, December 20 [8]

An imaginary open letter: To those who would ‘engage’ us…, August 9, By Mike [9]

Co-production: time to break out of the public service corral, Julian Dobson, January [10]


Westminster World Heritage Site and Parliament Square a national disgrace, Hansard Society, October 25 [11] New vision putting citizen and visitor at its heart needed.

Councils and hyperlocal ‘bloggers’: It’s the council system which needs changing, not how people are allowed to cover them, David Higgerson, February 23 [12]

Eric Pickles: Citizen journalists and bloggers should be let in to public council meetings, 23 February [13]

"If nothing else the transparency that the social web embodies and that government says it wants to deliver with #opendata means that we will no longer be able to hide our policy programmes in big black boxes that we only open up on launch day" Catherine Howe, January 23 [14]


  1. @NewStartMag
  3. Democratic Audit UK
  4. Barrow Cadbury Trust
  5. Transition Network
  6. Nurture Development
  7. tobyblume
  12. davidhiggerson
  14. curiouscatherine