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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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The role of Digital in Local Participation: Kai Rudat Memorial Breakfast Seminar

Wednesday November 19 2014

On the morning of Tuesday 25 November we are hosting a breakfast seminar on the role of digital in local participation, with speakers from across local government and the voluntary and community sector sharing their experiences of how they have used digital means to facilitate dialogue with citizens. Digital presents an opportunity for local government and the voluntary… Read More

25th anniversary guest blog series: Networks not monoliths

Thursday November 6 2014

Does every generation think it’s special and different and at the cusp of a new dawn or a brave new world? Maybe I’m getting old but we’ve been talking about radical change, fast-moving change, sweeping global change, technological transformation – oh and of course public service reform for a fair few years! Is this a… Read More

Social media and local democracy: a reality check

Tuesday November 4 2014

OPM and Dialogue by Design went along to a seminar a couple of weeks ago at the University of Westminster on the implications of digital and social media for the relationship between councillors and citizens, hosted by Involve and the Centre for the Study of Democracy. ‘Democracy first, digital tools second, but not necessarily never’… Read More