There has never been a more important time for local government and wider public services to reinvent themselves. Funding is being radically reduced just as the demands made on services grows. Old rigid models of service delivery, funding and public engagement are no longer fit for purpose.
In our report The Community Paradigm, we outlined a new vision for the public sector based upon handing power and resource over to communities. This we believe is the fundamental shift required to address demand and allow people to live happier and healthier lives. The core mission for NLGN is to deepen understanding of the Community Paradigm and work with partners in local and national government and in the public sector to transform themselves in line with its tenets. We also conduct research and work with our members on the full range of other challenges facing the public sector with a particularly strong focus on organisational culture change as detailed in our report Culture Shock.
We work closely with our members on practical issues of service delivery as well as national policy. Through research, peer-to-peer learning, innovative communications and influencing, we aim to create a local government sector characterised by the relentless pursuit of social impact and social change.
NLGN also seeks to embody the changemaking spirit and values it promotes by taking a creative, non-hierarchical approach to how it runs itself as an organisation.