Too much talk on social media, too much criticism and too much hypothesising. None of this can deliver the change our society need right now.
Robert Ashton, Author at NewStart
There’s growing acceptance of the fact that sending legions of support workers into a troubled community can confuse, not cure, the social ills that beset them. The Charles Burrell Centre is an example of just how effective it can be to start with the people and work out.
Anyone who uses Ebay will know the ease with which things can be delivered anywhere in the world, so why not crowdfund in Europe to produce chocolate in Ghana?
Our government faces a 'perfect storm' as demand for services grows and available funding diminishes. I hope it soon recognises that to deal with these crises by adding regulation is unlikely to spark the innovations we need to see if we are to avoid potentially apocalyptic consequences.
Encouragingly, Handy also suggests that material economic growth cannot continue to be a realistic measure of success. For me, the roots of the 'second curve' he forecasts are to be found by challenging some of those sacred givens that have long shaped our aspirations.
Rogers also spells out what he saw as the ideal qualities of what he called 'tomorrow's people'. These resonate strongly with me and include what I now know to be qualities that define many successful social entrepreneurs. They include openness, a desire for authenticity, a care for others and a healthy distrust of external authority when it contradicts ones own moral judgement.
Sir Michael Wilshaw’s most recent broadside was aimed not at schools, but the apprenticeship sector. And as one would expect from a man raised a postman’s son in gritty South London, it pulls no punches. ‘The rise in poor quality courses has devalued the apprentice brand,’ it says.
We elect a government to represent our collective interests and on our behalf, collect our taxes to fund education, health, infrastructure and services for vulnerable members of our society. How is that different from a rural village collectively investing to fund and operate a community owned shop, wind generation project or faster broadband?
You might find this controversial, but Jeremy Corbyn’s recent election victory reminds me of Martin Luther King. Both had a clear vision of the change they want to see. Both were prepared to fight injustice and of course both became deeply unpopular with the establishment who said the policies they were promoting were dangerous. And in the case of Luther King, time proved those concerns to be largely unfounded.
Batmanghelidjh’s determination to put her services users first was laudable and in no way atypical of the sector. But what about her customers; the many organisations that gave money in return for something they could consider a sound return on their investment?