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Changing Times, with Professor Richard Wilkinson

Friday May 24 2013

This weeks Changing Times comes from Professor Richard Wilkinson, researcher into social inequalities and, along with his partner Professor Kate Pickett, co-author of the seminal book The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Always Do Better. If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most… Read More

Engaging the public early in service reconfiguration

Wednesday May 22 2013

Health service reconfigurations are nearly always controversial. Closures, mergers and the reorganisations of hospital services are viewed with understandable suspicion by patients and the public, who often mobilise to defend the status quo in the face of what they perceive as cuts. However, to quote from an open letter from the Royal College of Surgeons, Royal… Read More

Changing Times with Lord Victor Adebowale

Friday May 17 2013

Today’s Changing Times interview is with Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point a social enterprise, focused on the issues of mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and employment.  If you compare today’s society and the society into which you were born: what’s most strikingly different, and what’s most surprisingly similar? Well I was born in… Read More


Karen Shackleton on, ‘Pension Funds and Social Investments – The Optimum Path to a Meeting of Minds’

Tuesday October 17 2017

Introduction to Karen Shackleton’s Guest Blog By: Sheila Pardoe Last February, I had the great privilege of meeting and working with Karen Shackleton during a 2-day social investment event, The Gathering. Throughout the event, I supported Karen’s ground-breaking conversations on how pension funds can unlock capital in the UK’s social investment space. This was alongside… Read More

Macmillan Coffee Morning at OPM Group

Friday September 29 2017

At OPM Group all our activities include a focus on improving the social infrastructure around us. And we like cake! We also have also done a significant amount of work with Macmillan Cancer Support, and we wanted to back up their activities by participating in the coffee morning. Over a dozen OPM staff intrepidly prepared… Read More

Participation, data, and impact: Ofwat’s engagement methodology for Price Review 2019

Wednesday August 16 2017

One thing our team enjoy doing is figuring out how to make complicated subjects accessible (and fun!) to members of the public so that they can share their opinions. Working with the water industry regularly provides these opportunities (How do you get customers to weigh up and give opinions on water resource options? How do… Read More