Involve is a UK-wide charity working to make politics, government and society more open, participatory and deliberative. We want to build a democracy that works for everyone – that gives people real power to effect change in their lives, communities and beyond. Involve was founded in 2003 to “create a new focus for thinking and action on the links between new forms of public participation and existing democratic institutions”. Since then, we have developed world renowned expertise, skills and resources on public participation, open governance and democratic reform. We have partnered with international, national, devolved and local organisations – including the OECD, Open Government Partnership, UK and devolved governments and parliaments, numerous local authorities and public sector bodies, and civil society organisations – to embed the principles of openness, participation and deliberation in how decisions are made. We have worked in Northern Ireland over a number of years to support civil society initiatives to increase civic activism, participatory democracy and open governance.

At Involve, we specialise in making decisions more:

  • Open – So that people can understand, influence and hold decisions-makers to account for the actions and inactions of their governments;

  • Participatory – So that people have the freedom, support and opportunity to shape their communities and influence the decisions that affect their lives;

  • Deliberative – So that people can engage with and understand different perspectives, find common ground and build a shared vision for society.

We do this through:

  1. Agenda setting - We are responding to the current political context and setting-out a vision for an open, participatory and deliberative democracy, and how to get there.

  2. Coalition building - We are building, supporting and coordinating broad, unexpected and powerful coalitions of allies to shape and advocate for a new vision for democracy.

  3. Participation practice - We support and undertake world class public participation practice and research, particularly where it can be used to build the case and pressure for wider change.

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  • Tim Hughes
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