NESC & Carnegie UK Trust Seminar: 'A route map to an Enabling State: Engaging with Communities and Citizens'.

NESC & Carnegie UK Trust Seminar: 'A route map to an Enabling State: Engaging with Communities and Citizens'.

NESC and Carnegie UK Trust co-hosted seminar: 'A route map to an Enabling State: Engaging with Communities and Citizens'.

This half day seminar and discussion was a chance for policy makers and practitioners to come together to explore the evolving relationship between government, civil society and citizens and how this can be successfully redrawn to improve societal and individual wellbeing.

The relationship that we have with the state has a fundamental impact on the quality of our lives but traditional approaches to public service delivery are proving inadequate in the face of complex societal issues. To achieve the goals of public policy it seems necessary to create new forms of engagement between service delivery agencies, citizens and communities. Could a new form of government, an ‘Enabling State’, that enables citizens to have a more active role in decision making and public service delivery, be the answer?

The Keynote Speaker was Sir John Elvidge, Former Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, the Carnegie UK Trust who has recently completed 18 months of consultation and research tracking the rise of the ‘Enabling State’ and exploring how governments can give communities and citizens more control and, make it a success. His final report, 'A route map to an Enabling State' is available here.

To view notes from this event click here.

To view photographs from this event click here.

To view the video of the speech by Sir John Elvidge click here

For further information contact Jenny Brotchie at Carnegie UK: e-mail jenny@carnegieuk.org

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