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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 ...

January 3, 2011

New Year in Shoreditch – our poverty versus our capacity to give

              So it is goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011. Looking back 2010 was an extraordinary year of change both for the country and perso...

December 12, 2010

Why we need intergenerational reform

              The events and heated discussions over the past few months over spending and fees, culminating at times in violence, are not iso...

December 5, 2010

The Great Transition: What it means for businesses

              Those who have been following me on this blog will know that I believe that we are in a period of significant transition as econ...

November 24, 2010

Unlocking hidden wealth – finding time

              A number of commentators have argued that people do not have the time to get involved in their community. Traditional surveys on...

November 13, 2010

Public sector reformers – we need you

              Surely supporting people to take more control of their lives, in association with each other, and with fewer barriers is mainly ...

November 7, 2010

The Great Transition: what it means for voluntary and community organisations

              It has been an eventful few months for the voluntary and community sector. Having worked as a social enterpreneur myself and bee...

October 30, 2010

Getting involved in Shoreditch

              It has been about six months since I and my family moved onto a council estate in the Shoreditch area. We moved here mainly beca...

October 24, 2010

Call for Reformers

              It was a time of great progress technologically, of huge divides between rich and poor particularly in the cities, of social unr...

October 10, 2010

The Great Transition: what it means for Local Authorities

              Phew, what a week. About ten fringes, a five hour debate in the Lords on the role of charity in strengthening civil society (rea...

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