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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


Why access to English language education could be a major barrier to integration

Monday November 15 2010

The Conservative Party, prior to entering a coalition government, was clear that it wanted a new approach to community cohesion: one that was underpinned by the notion of integration. In a repudiation of core tenets of multi-culturalism, the party promised a national strategy on integration that focuses on bringing people together around ‘shared values’ and… Read More

How can the Big Society work in a risk-averse culture?

Monday November 8 2010

Twice in the last week I’ve overheard conversations about Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. The first time was last Sunday at a football match. In the row behind me, a middle-aged man told a story about how his CRB returned with a conviction after applying to volunteer at a primary school. The reason: drunk in… Read More

‘Doing’ deliberation online: Participatory budgeting and multi-media approaches

Friday November 5 2010

Richard Wilson is right to claim that participatory budgeting (PB) offers a chance for local people to have a genuine say into funding decisions in their local area. But, in the age of Big Society there needs to be a readiness to test and refine online approaches as part of a multi-method approach to engagement… Read More