News and Comment


Open data, big data, rich data?

Thursday July 25 2013

DbyD recently signed up as members of the Open Data Institute a not-for profit set up by Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt  to catalyse an open data culture and attended their inaugural members networking event last night. The Institute aims to create the conditions for experts to collaborate, ideas to germinate and tools to develop that allow open data to be used… Read More

To ‘pressing citizenship and democratisation’ – the most memorable toast

Monday July 8 2013

This was the topic of a toasting competition during a fundraising event organised last week by the Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation at the Romanian Cultural Centre in London. The toasting competition was intended to let participants to share their thoughts on Romanian democracy in an informal setting. Two dedicated Romanian civic organisations – the Ratiu… Read More

Place-based philanthropy works in Islington, but can it work elsewhere?

Friday July 5 2013

Ask a Londoner or someone familiar with the city for their opinion on Islington and chances are they’ll mention something about the borough’s affluence, its million pound houses for instance, or its boutique shops. It would most likely come as something of a surprise if their response was about the hardship the borough faces: such as… Read More


The South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Thursday March 15 2018

Public engagement on the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Plan  The NHS in south west London, working with local councils, is in the process of developing a long-term plan for local health services, called the Five Year Forward Plan, or a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This work is being carried out by six… Read More

The council of the future: starting with a simple conversation

Monday March 12 2018

By Sophia Looney (OPM Group Associate – @sophialooney) The world around us is shifting, fast. The (relatively) predictable, safe relationships that councils have enjoyed with their local people are no longer the same. The power of movements, fuelled by dissatisfaction, digital platforms and disjointed expectations is changing relationships; the conversation with local people is having… Read More

Greater London Authority – Stepping Stones Evaluation

Thursday March 1 2018

The transition from primary to secondary school is a period of significant change in the lives of young people. Many children embrace and adapt to this change, particularly when they are well supported by parents, families and school.  There is, however, a significant minority of students who experience uncertainty, risk, and anxiety around transition, or… Read More