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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


Localism – a new opportunity for local government to take the lead through strategic commissioning

Tuesday November 2 2010

Whilst much is still uncertain about the direction of local government there is undoubtedly one window of opportunity. This is for local authority leaders to take a lead locally, relatively unfettered by central and regional government. The coalition government has made it clear that central government will not be telling local authorities what to do… Read More

Local authority leaders need to make radical change to our children’s and adult systems

Friday October 29 2010

A major strategic challenge in public services is redefining and renegotiating the relationships between individuals, communities and public services by replacing ‘doing unto’ with ‘doing with’, replacing ‘one-size-fits-all’ with individual budgets and personalisation and replacing  outmoded universal services with the co-production and support that friends, family and community can provide. Without a major shift in… Read More

What are the keys to success for free schools?

Tuesday October 26 2010

With the passing of the Academies Act in July, and the first 16 new free schools announced last month, attention has again focused on the coalition Government’s agenda for educational reform. OPM’s experience of community capacity building for the previous Government’s new schools competitions provides some important insights for this agenda that should not be… Read More