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Bake My Day!

Friday May 12 2017

I recently discovered a new facilitation tool. Bread making. When in doubt, if you’ve got a tricky subject matter, or disparate group of people, bake a loaf. As part of Marmalade 2017, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Camerados, and Mayday Trust hosted a workshop called Bread and Butter Services. This workshop intended to explore… Read More

The impact of learning and sharing on the development of Social Impact Bonds

Tuesday May 2 2017

In this third blog of my 2017 series inspired by my advisory visit to Japan, I reflect on the importance of international learning and sharing for improving Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). While honoured to have been an expert advisor to colleagues in Japan over the past three years, helping the country take its first steps… Read More

Responsible Business Week: alternative approaches to community impact

Thursday April 27 2017

Ahead of Responsible Business Week, we at OPM Group have been busy re-thinking our responsible business priorities, strategy, and policy. We’ve also been identifying local community needs as potential opportunities to contribute our time and skills and a group of us have been offering our research and insight to a growing charity, the Migration Museum… Read More

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25th anniversary guest blog series: Public and private sectors must learn from each other post General Election

Monday January 5 2015

As we approach the General Election and (closer to home) my retirement, I am regularly being asked what the future may hold for public services. Most obviously, whatever is the political make-up of the new Government, the need to reduce the deficit will remain.  In round numbers, this has to be brought down by £100… Read More

Does digital still have the potential to change local participation?

Thursday December 18 2014

  As soon as our scene setter Dr Andy Williamson challenged his fellow panelists to think about whether digital has lived up to the potential he saw, over a decade ago, for it to radically change local participation, it was clear that the promise still exists and remains unfulfilled. Speaking at the Kai Rudat Memorial Breakfast… Read More

Plays as communication in dialogues

Thursday December 18 2014

We all have our signature pieces for dialogues, our go-to techniques which we know will help stimulate debate or communicate information to participants. Plays in dialogues have become mine. There are many ways that plays can be used in dialogues, with a range of methods to help stimulate debate and act out roles. In this… Read More