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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

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