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Revolutionising the role of councils

Wednesday April 17 2013

How can councils become more business-like without becoming businesses? It would be hard enough to meet the challenges of current and future funding cuts, even without the major demographic and social changes that accompany them. Add to this the recession and transformations in the wider public policy environment – and it is no exaggeration to… Read More

Launch of the Whole Place Community Budgets website

Tuesday April 9 2013

A Whole Place Community Budgets website has been launched this week to help local police forces, health providers, councils and other agencies explore new ways of rewiring public services around local people. OPM was commissioned to produce the practical learning resource by the Local Government Association and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It pulls together the insights from across… Read More

The power of two

Thursday March 28 2013

The future has been a long time coming for those leading clinical commissioning groups towards their full establishment as statutory bodies, but it is now in increasingly clear focus. Whether or not there is a final tussle about the fine print of the secondary legislation, April is just around the corner. What will the next… Read More

Comment

Systems Leadership in Complex Cities

Monday July 27 2015

How OPM recently worked with Vietnamese civil servants to explore the role of systems leadership in complex city challenges. With a population centre of more than 10 million people, London is the UK’s one and only megacity. Whilst the city plays a dominant global role, there is no doubting that its sheer volume of people, communities… Read More

Employee ownership is no country for old men

Friday July 3 2015

There’s something distinctive and special about leadership in employee owned companies and it’s central to the sector’s success Today is Employee Ownership Day, when businesses up and down the country will celebrate the benefits of working without having to answer to external shareholders, usually with cake. Employee ownership is a big deal at the moment…. Read More

We all want to grow community capacity – but are we trying to do it in the wrong place?

Monday June 8 2015

How do we grow more engaged communities? How do we utilise the ideas, the skills and energy in our towns, villages and neighbourhoods in ways that make people’s lives better – and which enable our limited public finances to stretch that bit further? How do we open up different sorts of conversations and relationships between… Read More