I am leaving the organisation in good hands with a fantastic staff team, a committed board of trustees and an astounding group of members. It will not be easy, we know that, but I hope the organisation will respond to the challenges it faces with resilience, creativity and positivity as has been the case throughout the time I have been there.
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The view that ‘market forces’ are insufficient for our needs is significant. It opens the door for public planners to fill this void, in ways which better leverage scarce resources toward greater public outcomes, of the nature I have discussed before. Will we rise to the occasion?
It’s a pleasing thought that the plants and other material that started out as part of high-end exhibits at the world’s most famous flower show will find a new life helping with the greening of some of the neediest areas of a major city.
Of course for government big is always beautiful. The same I suspect is true of the big banks. Both want to say they’ve enabled big sums to be given to big organisations to make big differences. The inconvenient truth however is that big charities have big overheads and big picture vision.
As part of the bid an innovative voluntary landlord and developer group was formed as a partner with a commitment to support the aims both through cooperation and funding, which will hopefully bring some more thoughtful approaches to the way space is developed, rather than ad hoc apartments springing up on every spare inch as we’ve endured these past ten years.
Small groups, often comprising just volunteers, battle against the odds to give life to a building for which there is no market solution and which is often blighting the surrounding area through its dereliction. Adding 20% to the overall costs of essential alterations could stop many of these projects in their tracks.
I believe the lack of a ‘why?’ and the narrative is a major problem in getting growth going again and garnering long-term support for their deficit reduction programme.
Public sector organisations have to make the most of the vastly reduced resources at their disposal. Andrew Mowlah explains how utilising information can maximise your impact
Community share schemes can be a quick way to get projects off the ground. For one corner of Cumbria it’s delivering broadband super-fast, as Daniel Heery explains
I've been publishing a social impact report on my services and activities every year for the last six years! Doing so has helped me better identify, and further enhance, the ways in which my values inform my working practices and my impact on my local economy.