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We're on a mission to enable public participation as a fundamental pillar of well-functioning 21st-century democracies around the world. Listen in as we discuss the challenges governments and organizations face as they work to engage their communities. Hear engagement strategies these leaders are using to forge meaningful connections and develop open dialogue around import issues that affect the lives of their communities.

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We're on a mission to enable public participation as a fundamental pillar of well-functioning 21st-century democracies around the world. Listen in as we discuss the challenges governments and organizations face as they work to engage their communities. Hear engagement strategies these leaders are using to forge meaningful connections and develop open dialogue around import issues that affect the lives of their communities.

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 19: NHS CCG Projects, Condiment Bottles and Alexa's Intrusions

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 19: NHS CCG Projects, Condiment Bottles and Alexa's Intrusions

    Charly's Choons

    Nostalgia is very much the watchword this week as Elt reminisces about The Smiths, and in particular Girl Afraid (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK2BtdablXw), which you can listen to here. Jonno vows to diligently listen to the full back catalogue of Smith's music before next week's podcast recording. Will it improve his mood or will he need to dig out some classic Pet Shop Boys to cheer himself back up again?

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement

    Jonno is detecting a real change in approaches to digital engagement and online public participation with people tending to ask "How do I do it?" rather than "why would I do it?" There is more of a conversation shift towards what makes a good online public consultation.

    This chimes with Elt's recent conversations in the Housing sector, looking to re-engage with residents and customers in the absence of face to face meetings.

    Project Launches of the Week in EngagementHQ

    Jonno is really excited about a raft of new NHS sites being launched in EngagementHQ, highlighting, in particular, the warm, inviting introduction made to residents by NHS Somerset CCG (https://citizenspanelsomersetccg.uk.engagementhq.com/), here. A great example of "setting the tone."

    Elt talks through NHS Somerset CCG's Citizens' Panel Project, which you can see here (https://citizenspanelsomersetccg.uk.engagementhq.com/somerset-nhs-citizens-panel).

    Judge Jonno - The Letter "L"

    Jonno presides over Elt's deep dive into community engagement and public participation in the realm of local history. What will Jonno make of online digital engagement tool History Pin? Take a look for yourself here (https://www.historypin.org/en/connections-leeds/geo/51.507335,-0.127683,11/bounds/51.353219,-0.283709,51.660931,0.028343/paging/1)

    Stats of the Week

    Jonno is concerned about 4/10 people not trusting Scientists.

    Elt describes the nation's feelings about daily government press briefings, with 55% of Brits thinking that the government should resume their daily Covid-19 press conferences, as coronavirus cases are rapidly rising.

    Meldrew Moments

    Jonno is grumpy about the public being excluded in terms of key decision-making, and equally grumpy about 'Influencer Marketing', or is he in denial about being a fashion influencer on the world stage??!!

    Elt is extremely grumpy about plastic squeezy condiment bottles and their ill-designed lids.

    Register for one of our upcoming webinars: https://www.bangthetable.com/resources/engagement-webinars/engagementhq-an-online-demonstration-from-bang-the-table/

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    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 18: Shout out to BtT Colleagues, Korfball and The Numbers 34 & 66

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 18: Shout out to BtT Colleagues, Korfball and The Numbers 34 & 66

    The UK's Favourite Fries - the Debate Rages On
    Elt ran a Twitter Poll this week following Anna from Traverse's vote for Curly Fries last week. What was the outcome, and where do online polls sit in relation to the Government's Planning Whitepaper around consultation?

    Charly's Choons is BACK!
    Bang the Table UK's own Charly Amos has been reliving Ace of Base - I Saw The Sign. She also invented her own dance routine for it which we hope to share in future weeks if Charly will allow??!!

    Also, she's been getting down with Lane 8 - Apes & Children. 

    Elt has been enjoying the late summer heatwave, and listening to Seb Fontaine - Global Underground Prototype 2, which you can listen.

    Shout out to Bang the Table's Great Colleagues
    Jonno & Elt are ever grateful for the fantastic content writing of our Principal Writer & Editorial Director Sally Hussey, who this week published an article on Rapid Online Deliberation: Sustaining Democratic Values in Difficult Times, which was discussed with Anna McKeon from Traverse on last week's UK Consult Podcast. 

    Read it in full here! > https://www.bangthetable.com/blog/rapid-online-deliberation-sustaining-democratic-values-in-difficult-times/

    They are equally grateful for UK colleague Carla Toyne's fantastic contribution to supporting our many NHS clients with setting up new projects and launching EngagementHQ sites. 

    BRAVO CARLA & SALLY!

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement
    Jonno highlights a really concerted effort by local authorities in the UK who are consulting on Climate Action themed projects and planning using their EngagementHQ sites.


    Project Launches of the Week in EngagementHQ
    Elt is bowled over by Project Centre's A308 Corridor Study project, in particular the fantastic use of the mapping tool. 

    Have a look at the project here> https://consultprojectcentre.co.uk/a308?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=ehq&utm_medium=email

    Here's a direct link to the mapping tool > https://consultprojectcentre.co.uk/a308/maps/a308interactivemap#marker-13243

    Judge Jonno
    Jonno presides over the relatively unknown sport, Korfball, and their approach to public consultation and community involvement. Another suspended sentence?

    Stats of the Week
    Jonno sheds light on the number 34 in terms of numbers of years of screen time in a human's life, and how that screen time could be optimised and used for positive purposes.

    Elt talks through the number 66, in relation to what Brits miss most about the workplace since the global pandemic hit. 

    Meldrew Moments
    Elt is extremely grumpy about dog walking etiquette. 

    Jonno is grumpy about face masks and the way people wear them, and lack of clear guidance from the government to help the public out. He's also grumpy about lack of standards and benchmarking around online consultation.

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    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 17: Curly Fries, Friendship, & Rapid Online Deliberation

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 17: Curly Fries, Friendship, & Rapid Online Deliberation

    Special Guest Appearance from our friends Traverse

    Jonno and Elt are reunited after 2 weeks of fabulous and positively chirpy deputising by Bang the Table UK colleague Charly Amos, but they're not alone!

    Making a special debut guest appearance on the UK Consult, they are joined by Anna McKeon, Head of Engagement & Associate Director at Traverse.

    Traverse and Bang the Table have worked together on a number of really exciting projects with other partners over the last 6 months, so this was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on those projects, discuss emerging trends and themes in online engagement in an ever-changing world, and of course presented Elt with the perfect opportunity to ask Anna that all important question, "what are your favourite types of fries?"

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement

    Anna describes Traverse's work spanning research, engagement, consultation and evaluation, underpinned by a focus on:

    - Rigour: high quality evidence based on rigorous methods.

    - Inclusive practice: to involve the widest range of voices in their work they are continually developing practice to reflect the diversity of society.

    - Lived experience: belief that the people affected by a decision should have a role in it that goes beyond being informed.

    - Capacity building: as an employee owned business they know the value of collaboration, and help clients to develop the skills and capability to make good decisions.

    The Rapid, Online Deliberation on COVID-19 Technologies Project

    Traverse and Bang the Table teamed up with the Ada Lovelace Institute & Involve to run a project over a 3 week period. Anna describes the collaborative approach, intended outcomes and describes how the project took shape. The quality of the deliberation was really aided by the ability for participants to engage online and offline, yielding great results, feedback and findings.

    The full report is here(https://traverse.ltd/application/files/6715/9290/3370/Lockdown_Debate_methodology.pdf) for you to read through in more detail.

    Meldrew Moments

    Anna is always "glass half full", super perky and chirpy, but did manage to get grumpy about video conference meetings over running.

    Jonno has the Isle of Wight council in his 'grumpy' crosshairs this week in relation to the government's "gear change" document. Public consultation is thin on the ground.

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    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 16: Wotsits, Baked Beans, & Concerns over COVID-19 Public Engagement

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 16: Wotsits, Baked Beans, & Concerns over COVID-19 Public Engagement

    A BIG First for the Podcast as Jonno Takes The Reigns from Elt with Rising Podcast Star Charly Amos!

    See if you can sense how the radio quality has fallen in Elton's absence as Charly tries to keep things together. Not to mention the jokes!

    Charly's Choons and Jonathan's Bangers
    This week Charly's community engagement practice gets its vibe from the subconscious consumption of Purple Disco Machine Essentials. Have a listen -> https://music.apple.com/gb/playlist/purple-disco-machine-essentials/pl.67c73df0dbba4c31aa522ca45a1bbf13

    Jonno let slip his secret adoration for all things ABBA after admitting he can't get the Mamma Mia soundtrack out of his head, especially Our Last Summer. Our Last Summer is available here -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyUZe8xRNnQ&feature=youtu.be

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement
    Charly reflects on her recent conversations with Bang the Table legend and globe trotter extraordinaire Ray Scanlan about how hard it is for local councils to do proper budget engagement. Jonno picked the same topic but his angle is that post Covid19 local councils need to improve their approach to budget consultation. As it happens we will be hosting a webinar on doing this online very soon - watch this space!

    Judge Jonno - Cycling and Walking Consultation
    Judge Jonno is back this week to preside over Crawley Council's approach to consulting the public on cycling and walking (and it seems jogging). Already grumpy about too many Councils adopting a lackadaisical approach to public consultation on Gear Change A Bold Vision for Cycling and Walking, Judge Jonno is not happy. He's especially upset by this question: Do you think it is important to make it easier for people to walk and cycle in Crawley?

    Project Launch of The Week in EngagementHQ
    Charly is super happy to have found Tower Hamlet's new project (https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/southdockbridge), consulting with the public on the proposed design for the new pedestrian crossing over the South Dock, linking South Quay with Canary Wharf and Wood Wharf. Charly likes their use of video and images to bring their proposals to life, as well as their use of multiple widgets and the news feed to keep consultees informed and engaged.

    Back in the hot seat, Jonno picks out the great work being done by Statkraft on their windfarm public consultation. The Scottish Government has laid out certain requirements for public consultation when it comes to planning post Covid19. Statkraft has tried to go above and beyond their specification with their Artfield Forest Virtual Exhibition. -> https://projects.statkraft.co.uk/artfield-forest-virtual-exhibition

    Stats of the Week
    Charly dazzles us with the fact that per capita the British eat double the amount of baked beans than any other country!

    Not to be outdone Jonno brings the number 10 into play, highlighting Wotsit's recent world record for the longest ever Wotsit at just over 10 metres (other corn snacks are available). You can take a look at the worlds longest Wotsit here -> https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/1300738418788442113?s=20

    Meanwhile back in the world of public engagement, we are astonished that a worldwide opinion poll (https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/three-four-adults-globally-say-they-would-get-vaccine-covid-19) has found that one in four people do not intend to take a vaccine for Covid19 if it becomes available. Jonno puts this down to bad engagement by the governments concerned who are allowing "big tech" to disrupt the public sphere.


    Meldrew Moments
    Charly breaks the format with her chirpy "back to school" news.

    Meanwhile, in Grumpyville, a newsletter from South West Water which landed on his doormat this week almost filled Jonno with bliss. But soon he was REALLY grumpy with a key feature of their New Deal called WaterShare+. One of it

    • 27 min
    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 15: Charly's Podcast Debut, Internet Consultations & the Number 1610

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 15: Charly's Podcast Debut, Internet Consultations & the Number 1610

    A BIG First for the Podcast as Charly Amos Takes The Mic from Jonno!

    Charly's Choons
    Charly is really inspired by the smooth grooves from Phil Taggart's Dance Weekend Special playlist. Have a listen >>> https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000lg8d

    Elt has been listening to the acoustic genius of Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies track "Nutshell" >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_siJRgDlddY

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement
    Charly reflects on the first 3 weeks she has enjoyed at Bang The Table, and emerging trends around digital public consultations being on the rise since the global pandemic hit.

    Judge Jonno - The Internet
    Elt dons the Judge's hat this week to preside over the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport's approach to consulting the public on decisions relating to the internet.

    Project Launch of The Week in EngagementHQ
    Elt is really inspired by SES Water's new project (https://seswater.uk.engagementhq.com/west-park-road), consulting with the public on an important water mains renewal project along West Park Road in Copthorne. Charly notes that her in laws live in that area so is going to ask them to engage and give feedback next week.

    Stats of the Week
    20% (30 million) - The number of US based Twitter users each day. Charly notes that 80% of the tweets come from 10% of Twitter users, most of whom are women talking about politics!

    1610 - The number of pin drops West Yorkshire Combined Authority have had from community members, consulting on their safe streets for walking and cycling project in EHQ using our mapping tool. They used 11 different pins >>> https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/safestreets/maps/safestreets

    600 - England cricketer Jimmy Anderson breaks ALL records by becoming the first player in history to take 600 wickets in test match cricket. HOWZAT!

    Meldrew Moments
    Charly bemoans the lack of "good quality TV series" available since lock down, having finished Netflix.

    Elt is REALLY grumpy about his local Council's inability to clarify how it is possible to get involved in a consultation.

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    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 14: Inspirational Clients, Ofqual Gloom & The Battle of Nantwich

    THE UK CONSULT | Episode 14: Inspirational Clients, Ofqual Gloom & The Battle of Nantwich

    A BIG Change is coming for the Podcast!
    - What's Happening for the next two weeks? Tune in to find out.

    Bradley's Bangers
    -Jonno introduces Elt to the concept of 8D music. Find out more and take a listen here > https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRpYEytIHGyDgNWO6VbHlQ

    -Caity's Beltas - Elt is inspired by a global Bang the Table colleague's Beastie Boys playlist, here > https://open.spotify.com/album/0nA01XOVBUoi1zDVVYKz4i?si=731fyYGJQ3iaxTF2mNMZBQ

    Emerging Trends & Themes in Online Public Consultation and Community Engagement
    Never before has moderation been more important to give people a safe space within which they can feel comfortable to express their opinions. 

    Jonno & Elt are inspired by the innovation and ingenuity shown by new client East West Rail among many others, who came up with a fantastic introductory statement for their new Community hub to be launched soon in EngagementHQ. 

    Project Launch of The Week in EngagementHQ
    The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham have really inspired Jonno with their approach to digital engagement. Check out their "Help us to enhance the heritage of Barking Town Centre" project here > https://oneboroughvoice.lbbd.gov.uk/consultation-on-the-barking-town-centre-conservation-area

    Statkraft's "Greener Grid Park near Neilston" project catches Elt's eye this week. Have a look here > https://projects.statkraft.co.uk/neilston?tool=survey_tool&tool_id=feedback-form#tool_tab

    Stats of the Week
    Jonno announces the possible "end of statistics" as his son William told him this week.

    Elt has a whole range of impressive stats relating to Indian Cricketing legend Virat Kohli.

    Meldrew Moments

    Both hosts are super grumpy about Ofqual and the UK Government's handling of the A-Level and GCSE grading system, and total lack of engagement and forward planning.

    They are equally grumpy about the sheer pointlessness of gas BBQs. It reminds Elt of a Food Standards Agency TV Ad, which you can see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CIORN9pIg4

    Jonno provides a Valuable History Lesson
    Read about the Battle of Nantwich here > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Nantwich

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