Social Innovation: Markets, Love and Getting Better at it… »

Social Innovation: Markets, Love and Getting Better at it…

Last summer, I spent time asking various groups of people where they (or anyone) should go if they have a good idea for improving the way public services work.  The answer was that there are no accessible and widely-recognised means for doing this.  There are ways for making your good idea happen…  if it’s a […]

Why Faith Matters… (and leadership is about more than leaders) »

Why Faith Matters… (and leadership is about more than leaders)

Christians, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists are amongst the most community-minded people I know.  All religions have their Pharisees too:  the people who put the letter of their law above its spirit.  But faith groups often share a generosity of approach; an understanding that there is more to us, together, than is the sum of us […]

A Negative Discount Rate for Social Innovation? »

A Negative Discount Rate for Social Innovation?

The beauty and the beast of the problem when it comes to evaluating social innovation is that the benefits tend to take the form of reducing the need for future remedial public spending.  It’s often called ‘preventative’ for that reason.  For example, setting up a youth timebank might reduce (or prevent) the need for future […]

The Public is Wrong… more Power to the People! »

The Public is Wrong… more Power to the People!

Prisons are like holiday camps; benefit claimants are mostly lazy scroungers; and, on the other hand, zero hours contracts are nothing but a return to exploitative Victorian labour conditions?  All views widely held and, as it turns out, wrong.  They – along with misconceptions about everything from immigration to the health service – are often […]

Left, Right… or Nasty? »

Left, Right… or Nasty?

Andrew Mitchell MP – when he swore at the police’, it fitted with the popular idea of the ‘Nasty Party’. The real divide in politics isn’t left or right, it’s whether you like people or not.  The reason the  ‘Nasty Party’ tag has stuck so long to the Conservatives is that it accurately sums up […]

Politics is Bust. Time for some Democracy? »

Politics is Bust. Time for some Democracy?

UK politics is bust?  So it might seem.  Fewer than 1 in 100 of us belong to a political party (the figure was 10% in the 1950s).  Parties have grown even more despicably dependent on ‘donors’ – a polite word for the people who purchase power and influence from them.  No government, since 1945, has […]

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