How To Step Out provides a comprehensive and accessible guide to those who want to join the small but steady stream of organisations leaving the public sector to forge a brave, new relationship with their customers, communities, staff and commissioners as social enterprises.
December 2011 - NewStart
A new report examines our success to date in creating lifetime neighbourhoods. Mark Bevan and Karen Croucher explore some of the challenges involved in ensuring the needs of all ages are met
Scotland’s new regeneration strategy pledges to renew the government’s focus on community-led solutions. Good news for housing associations? Austin Macauley reports
The Human Element aims to challenge assumptions to improving organisations. It is not a textbook or even a handbook but reads like the product of hundreds of different and stimulating conversations.What shines out from the first page is the author’s unflinching belief in people’s capacity to improve organisations, services and experiences for people.
Toby Blume catches his breath after a year of new ideas and predicts 2012 will be one of action for all those involved in civil society
In practice our work has generated a new paradigm of integrated investment and delivery arrangements. The centrepieces of this reform work are a joint commissioning hub (being led by Salford’s director of public health) and a joint prevention and early intervention delivery model at neighbourhood level.
It is however a time when we need to recognise that nature controls us and not the other way around. We cannot conjure food out of thin air. We have to compromise.
Brendan Nevin argues there’s a mismatch between the coalition government’s approach to housing and the social and economic reality on the ground
Confucius said that ‘Money is round and it rolls away’. Well over the last year, it has certainly rolled away from many of places. No growth, stalled development, job losses, growing inequality and failing town centres are a feature of our local economies.
So far the Big Society seems to mean ‘You’re all in this together’: it’s about time the government joined in.