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Changing how government does business with communities

Over the past few months I have provided strategic and practical advice on engaging communities in siting a government-led nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). What is unusual – and what hooked me in – is that the government intends to adopt a...

How can we rebuild trust in democracy?

The recent general election saw the highest turnout since 1997, yet one in three people still chose not to vote. On Monday 1 June, we published research that found that only 25% of people trust Parliament, yet 50% trust the overall democratic process. Interestingly,...

Headlines from party conferences

Over the past three weeks, CDF has had a presence at the party conferences of the three main parties: Labour, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Whilst it would be impossible to summarise everything that was talked about, here are the three key things that I wanted...

Remaking Cities Congress, Pittsburgh (part 2)

Reflecting on the Remaking Cities Congress in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which took place in mid-October, I can honestly say it exceeded my expectations and surprised me in a number of ways. I felt privileged to have been invited to this second Congress, the first of...