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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


Contradictions of community organising in the Big Society

Friday January 21 2011

Last week, OPM, Turning Point and Catch22 held a seminar hosted by NESTA to mark the launch of their paper, the New Neighbourhood Army: The role of community organising in the Big Society. The event raised a number of interesting contradictions around the role, purpose, nature and potential impacts of community organisers. There was the… Read More

Harmonising Luton

Wednesday January 19 2011

Luton has received a lot of bad press in recent months. It is widely known to be the birthplace of the right-wing street movement – the English Defence League – and the home of some vocal radicals propounding an extreme form of Islam. This has not helped the council and its partners in setting a… Read More

Reducing extremism and intolerance with inter-faith dialogue

Thursday January 6 2011

In September, the Communities and Local Government minister Andrew Stunell said: ‘Inter-faith activity is an important component of the Big Society we want to build, in which people work together for the common good. If we want to live in a truly integrated society, we need opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to come together… Read More