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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

Commissioning and the Big Society

Wednesday December 15 2010

Big Society has implications for effective commissioning, as budgets and accountability become increasingly devolved to community groups and away from councils and central government.  OPM are part of the Springboard consortium delivering the Commissioning Support Programme (CSP) since 2008. Together with Kindle, CSP recently launched its own paper on the role of commissioning (and the… Read More

How to avoid being killed by the fall: managing change

Friday November 26 2010

Many organisations are developing detailed transformation programmes to achieve efficiency savings, but relatively few are spending enough time attending to the impact these are having on internal and external relationships. The danger is that we come out of these programmes with shell-shocked staff, uncertain partners and unhappy service users and communities, where relationships are so… Read More

Whose fairness is it anyway?

Thursday November 25 2010

Fairness is a word tripping off politicians’ tongues at the moment. It’s one of those words that can be embraced on all sides – everyone likes fairness and dislikes unfairness, just as everyone likes good food rather than bad food. It’s a given. But just as one person’s idea of good food might be different… Read More