It has been almost a decade since I joined Involve. At the time Involve consisted of two staff members, sharing office space with a much bigger charity. The past nine years have been incredibly exciting and fruitful for me professionally. Some highlights have been launching one of the world’s most comprehensive engagement sites, helping to run the first truly global deliberative process and having articles published by the OECD (PDF document) and others. My role with Involve has challenged me on many levels and has allowed me to develop skills around public engagement and participation.
In many ways this is been my dream job and has been a great privilege to see the organisation grow from a small start up with limited reach to much larger and more influential body. With it my role has changed as well. Today I manage larger projects, spend more time networking than facilitating and also now blog and speak more frequently.
I have decided that after 9 years the time has come to go to move on. In the New Year I will relocate back to Sweden where I am originally from. My passion for democracy and participation remains strong and I will maintain a relationship with Involve as an associate.
My relocation opens up a possibility for someone else to get my dream job.
So, we are now recruiting for a programme manager to lead on several of Involve’s programmes, particularly contributing to the Involve input to the UK Government’s Sciencewise programme. This full-time post offers an aspiring participation expert the opportunity to work with the leading charity working on participation and democracy, and to influence one of the UK Government’s main public participation programmes. This is an incredibly exciting time for Involve and for Sciencewise; with numerous opportunities to influence Government and policy. We welcome applications for this new role. If my experience over the last decade is any guide, you won’t regret it if you do!
This blog is a repository for posts I have made over the years at Involve as well as more personal reflections.