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Unleash the creative potential of Social Impact Bonds

Monday April 24 2017

In a previous blog based on my latest advisory trip to Japan, I noted that Japan is currently ‘translating’ the SIB model in order for it to be implemented in a way that is appropriate to its specific social, economic, political and cultural context. I have encouraged Japanese colleagues not to simply think that SIBs… Read More

Japan’s first steps in developing Social Impact Bonds

Thursday April 20 2017

Dr Chih Hoong Sin is in Tokyo for a third year running, this time to find out about the experiences of the Yokohama City Social Impact Bond (SIB) pilot. It has been a real privilege working with a diverse group of stakeholders from the outset as they initially learned about the UK experience in implementing SIBs,… Read More

Working together for a stronger society – Our response to the Lords Select Committee of Charities Report

Thursday April 6 2017

Charities play a vital role in the ongoing social and economic success of the UK. At the same time, funding for charities has changed significantly. Funding received as grants has decreased over time, while contract funding has been increasing dramatically. Our response to the Charities Report shows that charities need better support to build their… Read More

Comment

Public deliberation in the dock: reflections of a juror

Friday March 6 2015

It was not without a hint of anxiety that I arrived at my local crown court in mid-February having received a stern looking summons two months before requesting my appearance in court. It was my time to carry out the civic duty of sitting for two weeks as a juror. And certainly there was a… Read More

Top tips for transitioning to employee ownership from Inspire EO 2015

Friday February 13 2015

I’m Harjap Roopray, part of OPM Group’s ICT team. I’m also an elected Trustee on the Group’s Employee Shared Ownership Trust (ESOT), which means I act as a critical friend to the board of directors, keeping them updated on staff views on a range of issues. Earlier this month I attended Inspire EO, an event… Read More

Youth volunteers can breathe new life into Britain’s public libraries

Friday February 6 2015

National Libraries Day on Saturday is the perfect opportunity to recognise the role of young volunteers in shaping the modern library service The long summer holidays are nearly over and in a seaside town in Lancashire, a small branch library is preparing for an event to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Challenge. Families… Read More