“We need to unlock everyone’s disrupting power.” An interview with Kajal Odera March 6, 2020

Kajal Odera ran campaigns for Youth Parliament, Crisis and Macmillan before joining Change.org – an online petition website with over 240 million users worldwide. She became the UK Executive Director in 2017. Kajal will be one of our ‘unleashed’ speakers at Stronger Things on 12 March. What’s the big idea behind Change.org? Our mission is […]

“We need to unlock everyone’s disrupting power.” An interview with Kajal Odera
“We’re doing work that really matters.” An interview with Julia Unwin DBE March 6, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day 2020, we speak to Julia Unwin DBE, whose remarkable career has seen her lead the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and lead an inquiry into the future of civil society. She talks about the social passions and concerns that drive her, and the power of angry women in shaping communities. Julia will […]

“We’re doing work that really matters.” An interview with Julia Unwin DBE
Activist Voice: Many like it HOT: Building hope in Halifax An interview with Alison Haskins, HOT, February 27, 2020

In the run up to our Stronger Things community power event, we’re interviewing local activists who are leading by example. This week we meet Alison Haskins, who taught sewing in Lesotho before helping to revitalise a community in a diverse area of Yorkshire. Kindly supported by Power to Change. Tell us about Halifax Opportunities Trust […]

Activist Voice: Many like it HOT: Building hope in Halifax
How data and tech could unleash community power Tim Pitts, Managing Partner, Agilisys, February 27, 2020

As part of their partnership with our Stronger Things event, Tim Pitts from digital technology provider Agilisys explores the potential of technology, data and creative thinking for local government. Local authorities, as everyone knows, are struggling to both balance their budgets and to serve their communities adequately. That means they can’t keep on doing what […]

Big Society 2.0? What sets our Paradigm apart Luca Tiratelli, Policy Researcher, February 26, 2020

In July 2010, during his honeymoon period as Prime Minister, David Cameron unveiled what he called his “great passion” – the Big Society agenda. Built around principles of localism, volunteerism, transparency and devolution, the Big Society was supposed to provide the intellectual basis for Cameronism. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way – the momentum […]

Big Society 2.0? What sets our Paradigm apart
Don’t underestimate communities – support them to take control Katy Oglethorpe, February 24, 2020

Head of Communications Katy Oglethorpe responds to the Centre for Local Economic Strategies’ critique of the Community Paradigm , by arguing that communities – working in partnership with government – are our best hope for sustainable public services and improved wellbeing. One year after its publication, it’s a source of pride for us that the […]

Don’t underestimate communities – support them to take control
A neighbourhood nudge: Four ways behavioural science can create thriving spaces Clare Delargy, Senior Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team, February 18, 2020

With the new government committed to building ‘places we want to live in’ by giving communities more say on development, and the upcoming NLGN conference in March looking at how to unleash community power, it is a good time to re-examine how we can use behavioural science throughout the planning process to help build thriving […]

A neighbourhood nudge: Four ways behavioural science can create thriving spaces