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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


Having personalisation as the norm: OPM, LGID, In Control and Action for Children report

Friday February 25 2011

One of the biggest strategic challenges for UK government at all levels is to renegotiate the relationships between public services (whoever is providing them) and service users and the public. Personalisation and individual budgets through which we can establish co-production and sometimes copayment relationships provide the answer, particularly now that we know that we can… Read More

Mutual support?

Monday February 21 2011

The mutual model for organisations delivering public services is getting a lot of publicity, but is there a missing piece to this jigsaw? Patrick Lewis, partners’ counsellor at John Lewis, and great-nephew of the original John Lewis who founded the best known employee-owned company certainly thinks so. His view is that time, care and commitment… Read More

Building resilient, integrated communities into the Big Society: seminar report

Friday February 18 2011

OPM’s latest public interest seminar was held on 16 February, and brought together participants from local authorities and other public services, central government, the voluntary and community sector and research and academic institutions. We even had a representative from the Dutch Government. This is a short report of the key points raised at the seminar…. Read More