Rich is a policy analyst, entrepreneur and facilitator. He is a people power specialist with twenty years’ experience of strengthening democracy, communities and public services.
Rich is currently a senior adviser to the Funders Initiative for Civil Society, a trustee of the Local Trust and previously has been an adviser to the UNDP, OECD, WHO and EC.
In 2004, Rich was appointed as the first director of the charity Involve, which became a leading centre for public participation research, innovation and policy-making.
Rich has facilitated hundreds of events, specialising in deliberative facilitation such as Citizen Assemblies. He facilitated the largest events of the French and Swedish EU Presidencies; the EC’s Digital Agenda Assembly and the Mobile World Congress, each with over 1,500 delegates. He has run citizen summits for the IPPC, States of California and numerous local and national governments.
Rich regularly blogs for the Guardian and has written many publications including Anti Hero, Civic Limits, People and Participation and Good and Bad Help.