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KIDS launches resources designed to support families with disabled children using personal budgets

Wednesday February 13 2013

OPM has supported disabled children’s charity KIDS in the creation of a free suite of resources that support the families and carers of disabled children in using personal budgets. The resources, released yesterday, form part of the Department for Education sponsored ‘Making it Personal’ initiative. OPM worked alongside KIDS, Disability Rights UK, In Control, NAFIS and the Daycare Trust… Read More

OPM ‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now

Tuesday February 12 2013

‘Toolkit for Change’ Workshops: Helping councils adapt for the future, now from OPM on Vimeo. Whilst local government is highly adaptable, the pace of economic and legislative changes and the scale of challenges councils now face mean things must be done differently. Our Toolkit for Change ‘challenge and creativity’ workshops are specially designed to teach council managers the skills required to meet the… Read More

Police commissioners need to change, and councils can show them how

Thursday February 7 2013

Last week Alan Travis, the Guardian’s home affairs editor, was scathing about the recent elections for police and crime commissioners (PCCs). His article quoted an Electoral Reform Society (ERS) report stating that the elections failed both candidates and voters: “Voters were left in the dark about who they could vote for, while candidates were kept away by huge deposits,… Read More


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