Hasty Notes

I spent last week working in East Ayrshire.  It was inspiring.  What is happening in East Ayrshire, often against some pretty difficult odds, is something most places in Britain could learn from.  Here I share some rough and ready thoughts from my notebook. All you need is love? A...

A Community Power Act?

This week Adam Lent started an important conversation at the New Local Government Network, about how we enable a system shift away from a highly centralised mode of government to one which is community driven. He writes; ‘Currently it takes a rare combination of courage, persistence and vision on...

Ode to Odense

Five years ago almost to the day, I made my first visit to Denmark.  At a conference on public service design hosted by MindLab, I was struck when Jorgen Clausen, the chief executive of Odense (Denmark’s third largest city) began his presentation talking about the city’s 1,000 leaders and...