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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


Neighbourhood planning – making the most of the ‘other resources’ of a place

Thursday February 17 2011

‘Regime change’ is a bold title for a workshop. Chairing Regime change – securing environmental progress in a new world of planning, at the recent Green Alliance conference, Power Shift – Big Society, localism and the environment, prompted me to reflect on the planning proposals contained within the localism bill, particularly the emphasis on neighbourhood… Read More

Disentangling efficiency, equity, equality and impact

Wednesday February 16 2011

The spending cuts are unprecedented in scale and speed, emphasising the need to deliver ‘more for less’. At the same time the localism agenda and Big Society reforms require the engagement and empowerment of citizens. These changes have profound implications for public services. Positive outcomes are essential but insufficient in justifying funding for particular services…. Read More

‘No decision about me without me’: Does the Health and Social Care Bill pass muster?

Wednesday February 9 2011

Putting patient voice at the heart of the NHS is a guiding principle of the Coalition’s health reforms. But eight high profile health charities have said that they do not feel that the current Bill before Parliament achieves this. They are worried that the proposed local HeathWatch bodies will have insufficient powers and resources to… Read More