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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


‘No decision about me without me’: Does the Health and Social Care Bill pass muster?

Wednesday February 9 2011

Putting patient voice at the heart of the NHS is a guiding principle of the Coalition’s health reforms. But eight high profile health charities have said that they do not feel that the current Bill before Parliament achieves this. They are worried that the proposed local HeathWatch bodies will have insufficient powers and resources to… Read More

Making English teaching more available

Tuesday February 8 2011

David Cameron’s speech at the Munich Security Conference has caused quite a reaction. And rightly so: it was the first major speech addressing the issue of multi-culturalism, extremism and integration since the Coalition Government was established. Many of the issues raised in his speech are covered in our recent paper, Resilience and integration: a way… Read More

A new approach to preventing violent extremism

Thursday January 27 2011

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy, the policy framework that aims to prevent people from becoming or supporting terrorists. It has clearly signalled that the new approach will be radically repositioned in light of the widespread criticisms of the original strategy. Although we are not yet clear on how the strategy will be delivered… Read More