The opportunity to design out loneliness David Symons, Future Ready Global Leader, Director, WSP, March 29, 2019

“I just found it really difficult to get out and meet people” Mary Evans says. “I was in my first month at university, in a new city surrounded by other freshers and everyone else looked like they were having a great time. And I was hating it.” Mark told us “After my mum died, it […]

The opportunity to design out loneliness
Our public services need communitisation – not privatisation or nationalisation Adam Lent, Director, NLGN - @adamjlent, March 27, 2019

Nationalise or privatise? That has been a classic dividing line for politicians ever since Margaret Thatcher made the latter a core part of her platform in the 1980s. And even though the big privatisations of state-owned assets are long past, it is a choice that lives on every day when public sector managers regularly consider […]

Our public services need communitisation – not privatisation or nationalisation
Mindset Over Matter: Creating a new Community Paradigm Donna Hall CBE, Chair, NLGN (former CEO, Wigan Council), March 19, 2019

Created in 2012 following riots in our inner cities, the Government’s Troubled Families Programme has received praise and criticism in equal measure over the last seven years. Created by the dynamic and straight-talking Dame Louise Casey, it has starkly divided opinion amongst policy makers and practitioners all over the UK. The Troubled Families Programme has […]

Mindset Over Matter: Creating a new Community Paradigm
Silver Sunday: Community catalyst and collaboration inspiration John Barradell, Chief Executive, City of London Corporation and Chairman of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation; Georgina Creighton, Silver Sunday Lead, The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, March 15, 2019

“Thanks for this short bright moment in a very gloomy world” – Silver Sunday guest Last week when I opened the NLGN Annual Conference, I cited “Silver Sunday” as an exemplar of community collaboration in tackling isolation and loneliness among older people. Silver Sunday is a national day for older people. It started in 2012 […]

Silver Sunday: Community catalyst and collaboration inspiration
Courage calls to courage everywhere Josie Cluer, Director - Local Public Services, EY, March 13, 2019

EY is delighted to have sponsored the NLGN’s International Women’s Day speed-mentoring event. 16 inspiring senior women from Local Government and beyond speed mentored over 200 future female leaders about leadership and career progression. At EY we are purpose led: everything we do is about building a better working world. We know the world will […]

Courage calls to courage everywhere
Political Innovation and Community Resilience: Lessons from Latin America Jake Shepherd, Researcher, NLGN, March 12, 2019

As millions of citizens across Latin America are seeing their countries become subject to authoritarian rule, the continent appears an unlikely source of inspiration for political innovation. From Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate dictatorship of Venezuela to Daniel Ortega’s campaign of oppression in Nicaragua, as well as the election of far-right Jain Bolsonaro in Brazil, there are […]

Political Innovation and Community Resilience: Lessons from Latin America
Money and an office of one’s own Ruth Beddow, Research Assistant, NLGN, March 8, 2019

Money and an office of one’s own: why do young women still struggle to get a foot on the professional ladder? I recently read Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and found myself mulling over the words for a while afterwards. “Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses”, she wrote, “reflecting the […]

Money and an office of one’s own
The role of the role model Vanessa Schneider, Communications Officer, NLGN, March 8, 2019

Today we are holding our second speed mentoring event to celebrate International Women’s Day. In this blog, External Affairs Officer Vanessa Schneider reflects on the role models she experienced growing up. Earlier this year, I visited my alma mater as part of a careers event for my faculty. I was asked to present about my […]

The role of the role model