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Changing Times, with Professor Richard Wilkinson

Friday May 24 2013

This weeks Changing Times comes from Professor Richard Wilkinson, researcher into social inequalities and, along with his partner Professor Kate Pickett, co-author of the seminal book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Always Do Better. If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most… Read More

Engaging the public early in service reconfiguration

Wednesday May 22 2013

Health service reconfigurations are nearly always controversial. Closures, mergers and the reorganisations of hospital services are viewed with understandable suspicion by patients and the public, who often mobilise to defend the status quo in the face of what they perceive as cuts. However, to quote from an open letter from the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal… Read More

Changing Times with Lord Victor Adebowale

Friday May 17 2013

Today’s Changing Times interview is with Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point a social enterprise, focused on the issues of mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and employment.  If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most surprisingly similar? Well I was born in… Read More

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Behaviour change, local government and the Big Society

Monday October 11 2010

At a recent OPM learning event about building the Big Society, a senior civil servant said that the role of government was to stand back and only step in to help when it was really necessary, specifically by stepping back from mandating and regulating but still providing support. People often assume that this Big Society… Read More

Building a thinking laboratory: a new kind of local partnership

Wednesday October 6 2010

As local public services face unprecedented challenges and a brand new organisational landscape, many are considering if their current approach to working together is fit for purpose. In this post OPM’s Sue Goss describes her experience of facilitating a new kind of local partnership: Worcestershire’s ‘thinking laboratory’, the Shenstone Group. October 2010 saw the first… Read More

National identity, integration and preventing violent extremism

Wednesday October 6 2010

In this post OPM associate fellow Sanah Sheikh explores the complex issue of why Muslim communities in England can often feel excluded from the ‘English’ national identity, and looks at examples of where the two have been successfully reconciled. I was talking to Geraint Evans, Community Resilience Manager at Newham Council, about the possible future… Read More