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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

Comment

Making English teaching more available

Tuesday February 8 2011

David Cameron’s speech at the Munich Security Conference has caused quite a reaction. And rightly so: it was the first major speech addressing the issue of multi-culturalism, extremism and integration since the Coalition Government was established. Many of the issues raised in his speech are covered in our recent paper, Resilience and integration: a way… Read More

A new approach to preventing violent extremism

Thursday January 27 2011

The government is reviewing the Prevent strategy, the policy framework that aims to prevent people from becoming or supporting terrorists. It has clearly signalled that the new approach will be radically repositioned in light of the widespread criticisms of the original strategy. Although we are not yet clear on how the strategy will be delivered… Read More

Contradictions of community organising in the Big Society

Friday January 21 2011

Last week, OPM, Turning Point and Catch22 held a seminar hosted by NESTA to mark the launch of their paper, the New Neighbourhood Army: The role of community organising in the Big Society. The event raised a number of interesting contradictions around the role, purpose, nature and potential impacts of community organisers. There was the… Read More