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November 30, 2011

What is the government’s approach to social policy?

              With the only focus it seems these days and over the last 24 hours, especially to observers of government, being economic matter...

November 15, 2011

The Garden Centre as a Community Hub

              As I go round the country these days I am often on the lookout for unusual places where community thrives, away from traditional...

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...

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