What's novel for us is the pace and nature of these changes, in terms of a forced new lifestyle, signifying our modernity, acceptance, and therefore our corporatised survival skills. Have you morphed into the modern Corporate Homo- erectus?
December 2012 - NewStart
Far too often groups and organisations are busy dealing with and reeling from the latest blow to be able to look up and make plans for the future.
We asked six experts to give their verdicts on the events of 2012 and suggest ideas for progression in 2013.
Refusal to implement practical, low risk-solutions simply puts political ideology before people.
While we need and must start with Big Local efforts, we also need 'Big Urban', 'Big Sub-Regional' and 'Big National' efforts to trigger and sustain effective neighbourhood renewal in the context of sustainable urban development.
The sharing economy offers a chance for people to create new forms of exchange that work around and beneath the monopolisation of economic opportunity by those who hold financial and corporate power.
There needs to be a spirit of 'creative commerciality' for public sector leaders to thrive in these circumstances. Localism in 2013 could take on the sort of muscular complexion not seen since Joe Chamberlain's inspirational leadership of Birmingham
Of course most government schemes are regeneration by slow death. The one I was involved in took 25 years and still isn't 'finished'. How do you define 'finished'?
Traditional approaches to impact measurement, such as social return on investment generated on a project by project basis, will not be enough to underpin the upcoming shift. HACT is starting to develop a range of tools and approaches to equip housing providers for a challenging future.
A new economic narrative is growing. This narrative must be helped by Whitehall, but it will be written in communities, businesses, the streets of our towns and in our depleted town halls. I only hope it can be written fast enough.