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Reflections on 2013 (2): Building and Maintaining Relationships

Working, children, friends, domesticity and blogging – can we really do it all I ask myself?  Well in keeping with my commitment to try and blog I’m going to give it a go, but it may feel rushed when you read it.  You’ll get my drift though hopefully.  Everyone tells me to just write –[…]

January 2nd 2014
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Intro to the Reflections on 2013 Blogs

I’ve met some amazing passionate people who share my belief that democracy is strengthened with more public and partner participation.  Believers of building social capital and social networks on and off line they understand the assets within the community that are waiting to be unlocked.  They know that when you focus on people, and connect[…]

January 1st 2014
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Reflections on 2013: Blog 1, Systems Vs People

  I know the two aren’t distinct but what I learned this year, more than any other, are the limitations of making the language of social policy a reality.  There is a lot of talk about ‘putting the community at the heart of a new way of working’: ‘localism over centralism’; ‘systems change’, ‘behavioural change’,[…]

January 1st 2014
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Making the Fairy Tale Real: a story of inactive to active citizenship

“Mentally, I was drained; Physically, I was done; and emotionally I was dead. Now I have new life” These are the words of a resident who had no faith, trust or confidence in public services or her community. ‘From Fairy Tale to Reality’ is the title of a recent INVOLVE/RSA publication which sets out five[…]

October 23rd 2013
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Are you telling or listening to your community?

by Dr Andrew Fisher and Susan Ritchie The last few weeks have seen some very troubling headlines for the police which raises questions about their legitimacy and the confidence that the public have in their ability to keep them safe.  Despite much work being done to address the ‘confidence’ issue over the years, we know[…]

July 24th 2013