Innovative thinking

Big Block of Cheese Day

Yesterday was Big Block of Cheese Day. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here’s a potted history: In 1837, in the foyer of Andrew Jackson’s White House, was placed a 1,400lb block of cheese. All who were hungry were invited to come to the White House and take a piece, regardless of ...

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The Traditional New Year Message

What is it about January that inspires people to make resolutions? The first month of the year is named after Janus - the Roman god of beginnings and transitions - and when combined with the excesses of the festive period, this triggers all kinds of resolutions; some personal, some professional, most abandoned after a few ...

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Open policy making: what is it, and why does it matter anyway?

In a new series of blogs, Siobhan Farrell will be discussing the state of open policy in 2015. Over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing what impacts it can have, what the criteria for good open policy are and who is doing it well. This blog goes back to basics by looking at what ...

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Coming soon to a screen near you!

January 23rd 1985 was an historic day for citizen engagement when proceedings in the House of Lords were televised for the first time. Earl Stockton (formerly Harold MacMillan) gave a show-stealing critique of Government economic policies and the live broadcast of politics was here to stay. Traditionally there has always been a public gallery and for ...

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LGA and other musings

It’s already my third month at Public-i and I’m no longer the new kid on the block. In fact we’ve welcomed Kisoran, Tim and Sarah since I started not forgetting Debbie’s return after the birth of her daughter. With more due to start in the next few months Public-i definitely qualifies as a growing business. ...

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