Posts by catarinatully

Sovereignty is dead. Long live sovereignty.

22 Sep

What will be the narrative we tell about the past decade of UK devolution, the campaign leading up to the referendum and the past 24 hours since the “nays” carried the vote? How will we build on that chapter of our now history, to write the opening of the next chapter of our joint story?

The NHS Citizen Assembly has arrived

18 Sep

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Today the NHS Citizen project will be holding the first NHS Citizen Assembly, where citizens and the NHS England Board will discuss important issues for the NHS. This is a great example of national scale deliberative engagement process, linked into a traditional decision-making process. Since the start of the process, NHS Citizen is exploring and […]

Hammering the final nail in the coffin of UK party-based “democracy”

17 Sep

I am pretty sad to miss the Thursday 18th Sept 2014 referendum on Scottish independence– regardless of the result, it is going to be a momentous event. If only to see how Whitehall and the UK political system has managed to turn a silk purse into a sow’s ear.

Quitting smoking: reflections three weeks in

15 Sep

It took me four years to get myself into the mindframe of giving up. Then when I decided to quit, it was almost overnight.

The business of charities is, in fact, political

4 Sep

New Minister for Civil Society Brook Newmark stated “that charities should “stick to their knitting” and keep out of politics. The new minister fails to see that one of the charity sector’s critical roles in society is as interlocutor and representative for those who are underrepresented or heard in the public debate. This is true […]

New Involve Publication on Climate Change, Citizens and Open Local Government

5 Aug

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‘Can You Hear Me? Climate Change, Citizens and Open Local Government’ Involve has released a study that looks at how local authorities are engaging with citizens on climate change, energy futures and sustainable living. It explores how an open government approach might lead to improved governance of these complex issues.

China’s corruption scandals, US-Israel relations and fighting in Libya | This Week’s Top Hot Links #132

1 Aug

This week’s hot links on strategy and international affairs takes a look at Xi Jinping’s unprecedented anti-corruption campaign and how his adversaries’ fear might bring them closer together. We then keep looking at China and how the slow embrace of internet by Chinese business should make productivity soar. The links also analyse Israel mistrust on […]

Outcomes of the ISA Roundtable on Strategic Foresight in International Relations – Get Involved Now

24 May

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At the International Studies Association 2014 annual conference in Toronto I organised a Roundtable entitled ‘Bridging the Gap: The Art and Practice of Strategic Foresight in International Relations’. About 45 of us discussed the role of Strategic Foresight in International Relations. We had a great mix of practitioners and academics, including, Antti Kaski, Rob Del, […]