UK Government Collective Intelligence Network
Demos and the UK Cabinet Office would like to invite you to join in as we launch an experiment in bringing new voices to the policymaking process in 2021. Alongside other thinkers, your views and input will be brought to the heart of governmental decision making.
We are inviting you to join a new policy-focused Collective Intelligence Network, or COIN. Running on the platform Polis, we are launching four conversations next year, focusing on Emerging Technology, Serious Organised Crime, Resilience and Defending Democracy. We hope you will take part, both in voicing agreement or disagreement and in submitting your own views through a process that is intuitive, collaborative and hopefully rather rewarding. The results of the conversation will be shared with the Ministers and officials responsible for the policy areas covered. The pilot will consider the further development of collective intelligence products and ways in which they might optimally be inserted into strategy and policymaking processes. If all goes well, you will be helping to shape a radical new approach to policy making and democratic participation in the UK.
What is a Collective Intelligence Network (COIN)?
A Collective Intelligence Network (COIN) is a digital tool which aims to enable and harness participants' collective intelligence - the shared intelligence that emerges from the collaboration, collective efforts, and competition of many individuals. We're using Polis - you can find out more about the software here:
You will participate every other week for eight weeks (four weeks in total), requiring no more than one hour of your time each week.
The project will be run by the Policy Lab and Demos using a tool called Pol.is. Further information about the Policy Lab and Demos can be found here:
This form is for you to express an interest in participating and confirm to us:
- You understand the purpose of the research;
- You are happy to take part in the research;
- Whether you are happy to be contacted in the future regarding this research; and,
- Whether you are happy to provide internal consent for data collected from this interview.
If you want to withdraw your consent or would like to contact us, you can email Demos at
What is your full name?
What is your job title and/or institution?
Does your work or do your interests align with any of the topics below?
Serious Organised Crime
What is your age?
56 and over
What is your gender identity?
I identify in another way
Prefer not to say
Which of the following best describes your ethnic group or background?
Mixed/Multiple ethnic groups
Other ethnic group
Prefer not to say
Do you have any long-standing physical or mental health condition, illness, impairment or disability?
Prefer not to say.
What region best corresponds to your place of work?
Yorkshire and the Humber
East of England
Looking forward to 2025, what do you see as the most pressing issue the UK government should address over the four years ahead? Please indicate why (100 words).
We now need to ask you to confirm to us that you are happy to give us 'anonymised' consent. ‘Anonymised consent’ means that if Policy Lab and Demos want to share research findings, it will only do so after fully anonymising your personal data, so you cannot be identifiable. We will never share your contact details publicly. These are only used for administrative purposes (e.g. to contact you about the research). You can change your mind at any point and withdraw your consent. However, we cannot guarantee the retrieval, deletion and/or transfer of any of these materials and extracts from them if they are already shared publicly. Do you confirm to us that you are happy to give 'anonymised consent' for this research?
By clicking 'I agree', you confirm that you understand the research and agree to take part in it within the condition of your consent choices as indicated in this form. Please close the form otherwise. If you have any questions or would like to withdraw your consent please email Demos at
. Our Privacy Notice explains can be found at
and how the Cabinet Office uses and manages data can be found at:
I give anonymised consent and agree to take part in the research.
I am happy for my contact details to be retained for 12 months after the project's conclusion in order to be contacted about other opportunities to participate with Demos or Policy Lab.
Thank you for taking part in this project. We will send a follow-up email at the launch of the collective intelligence network.
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