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November 8, 2011

Raising the Village: Speech to heads of local authority youth services

              I have just got back from giving a speech alongside a very positive Tim Loughton MP to heads of local authority youth services a...

September 24, 2011

Give Shoreditch – popping up to raise money for local charities

              Starting this morning a group of civic entrepreneurs are getting together to raise money for Shoreditch-based charities by setti...

August 10, 2011

We may have to get used to scenes like these

              As I and other Peers and MPs return to Parliament today, I cannot help but be struck by how extraordinary the events of the last...

July 13, 2011

After Hackgate – towards a more citizen-led media

              From out of the wreckage caused by Hackgate, which has rocked Westminster, Fleet Street, and Scotland Yard alike, it is clear th...

June 17, 2011

Helping the Hospice – jumble sale this Saturday in Shoreditch

              Known internationally for its arts scene, its heady ethnic and cultural mix, its great sense of community, and for being an exci...

May 4, 2011

Reform what works: No to AV!

              My main interest as many readers know is in social reform rather than electoral reform, since I don’t believe that all of the ch...

April 26, 2011

Witnessing China’s rapidly changing society

              This week’s post is from China, where I have been spending time with family and relatives on vacation in Hong Kong, combined wit...

April 18, 2011

The Big Crunch – Open Source Planning is coming to the UK

              We are all familiar with the concept of open source software. It works on the principle of collaboration and on the idea that if...

March 20, 2011

What do “Together” and “Collaborative Consumption” have in common?

              Recently two books have been published that point to enormous changes and trends taking place right now in the UK and around the...

February 7, 2011

Local Authorities and Community in the Age of Austerity

              One of the consequences of Labour’s huge deficit is the need to make savings on a range of fronts, including in local authority ...

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