Seeking ASAP Volunteer for UK Poverty Audit for the Elections – Apply Now!

19 Dec

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Inspired by ASAP Oceania’s successful Political Party Manifesto poverty audit of the Australian election in August 2013, ASAP UK is conducting a similar process for the UK General election in May 2015. We are looking for a Master’s or Ph.D. student to volunteer as Research and Coordination Assistant for the project, to begin work in […]

British & European Democratic Unity – Politics & National Identity

22 Nov

A yes campaigner and no campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, at Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, with a drilling platform towering over them. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Politics Blog
A yes campaigner and no campaigner during the Scottish independence referendum, at Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands, with a drilling platform towering over them. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian Politics Blog

Before the Scottish referendum on independence I wrote on ‘Fromoverhere’ a short piece entitled ‘TRIDENT & SCOTLAND NOT JUST A QUESTION OF ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ TO THE UNION’. What concerned me then, a concern that has been reinforced since, is that the political climate in Scotland is driving the ‘no nukes’ in Scotland agenda not […]

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.

When Scotland Leaves the UK: a Wikistrat simulation

16 Sep

Earlier this year, Wikistrat ran a three-week long crowdsourced simulation to map the opportunities available to an independent Scotland, risks it might face and the likely trajectories it could take as a new state. Cat was the supporting lead analyst for this project.

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 […]

Wikistrat Release – ‘Britain Exits the European Union’

19 Sep

Wikistrat

Cat recently carried out work on the Wikistrat report on possible scenarios if Britain left the European Union. As the Shadow Lead Analyst for this investigation, Cat highlighted the interesting process used to oversee the Wikistrat process and emphasised the conclusion emerging from the research.