Join the New E-Discussion on ‘Reinvigorating the Public Service’

17 Feb

The UNDP have collaborated with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) to develop an e-Discussion on “Reinvigorating the Public Service”. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen public services as a crucial step to achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Unfortunately, in many countries, […]

ECFR Scorecard 2014 Published

10 Feb

The European Council on Foreign Relations has released its annual European Foreign Policy Scorecard for the year 2013. The Scorecard is an annual report that systematically assesses Europe’s performance in dealing with the rest of the world. It compares the policies of the 28 EU member states against a number of central themes to assess […]

Cat Explores the Ways Politics can Engage People in Policy-Making

23 Dec

As a Guardian Professional, Cat has recently had her article, ‘Five ways political parties can engage more people in policymaking’ published in The Guardian online. In this report she assesses the recent World Forum for Democracy, which was held in Strasbourg by the Council of Europe in November, and the use of technology in policy-making. […]

Open Letter Calling on Government to Commit to Greater Openess in Run Up to OGP

29 Oct

This month, Involve has coordinated a group of civil society organisations to produce an open letter calling on the Prime Minister to announce a series of ambitious commitments towards greater openness at the Open Government Partnership Summit at the end of the October. The Summit was opened to offer an international platform for domestic reformers […]

School of International Futures Summer Retreat 2013

1 Oct

As a co-founder of The School of International Futures (SOIF), Cat has recently been heavily involved in the implementation and coordination of its week-long 2013 Summer Retreat. A not-for-profit enterprise, the School of International Futures aims to help governments and other organisations work towards such goals by developing international networks and partnerships. It operates as […]

‘Ten Dynamic Priorities for New Election Manifestos’ – NHJ September Article

24 Sep


The big issue question today is how will UK ‘survive and thrive’ in the tough global swimming race? Whilst NHJ has continued to warn that the eurozone faces major adjustment sooner or later, and that the British economy is still some years away from safety, we have consistently maintained that UK has the intellectual, innovation, […]

School of International Futures Highlights the Importance of Horizon-Scanning in Government

9 Sep

As the co-founder of the School of International Futures, Cat recently led the annual SOIF Summer Retreat at Wilton Park. In August, the Organisation’s other co-founder, Alun Rhydderch, had his article on the re-emergence of horizon-scanning in government published in The Guardian Online: ‘Horizon Scanning: Why Forward Plans are Back in Fashion’. As the co-founder […]

‘Hope, Fantasy and…Reality’ – NHJ Explore National Economy

9 Jul


More people are more upbeat – at least about the economy – now than in the past few dark years. There are some emerging signs of stronger growth in UK, and the wider economic picture is marginally better than a few years ago – even though the debt levels and youth unemployment remain stubbornly high. […]