Demos Report: Start with People

Demos enjoy their own Envision experience

Envision seems to have identified the ingredients of a potent recipe for nurturing engaged, involved citizens. And the secret of this recipe is something politicians are increasingly desperate to discover,as it becomes clear that there are limits to what government can deliver on behalf of citizens without their active engagement and involvement.

This study by Demos examines the effects of participation and whether involvement in community organisations helps people connect with wider society. Using Envision as one of their case studies, the Demos researchers looked at the processes that made it possible for us to engage young people and adult volunteers so effectively.