The potential for neighbourhood involvement in the design and delivery of public services

5 July 2006 | Authors:

This report discusses the potential for communities to play a significant role in designing, planning and delivering local public services. Improving the quality of local public services is a high priority for government. It has recognised that poor quality services

Local democracy and neighbourhood governance

4 July 2006 | Authors:

Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process. Our work has found that arguments between participation and representation prove sterile when

Mapping Britain’s Unmet Needs

12 June 2006 | Authors: Geoff Mulgan,

We were asked to look at needs in Britain by The Commission on Unclaimed Assets and give a rough assessment of the most pressing unmet needs of 60 million people, urban and rural, marginalised and empowered, rich and poor. Our

North East London: a case study of globalisation

5 June 2006 | Authors:

This paper was put together for the 2006 TÃllberg Forum exploring the impact of globalisation on the people, communities and economies of three north-east London boroughs: Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney. The boroughs of North East London are places where

Neighbouring in Contemporary Britain

5 June 2006 | Authors:

In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’. This think-piece reviews the way people

What is the role for the community in neighbourhood governance?

12 May 2006 | Authors:

This report summarises the main discussion points and recommendations that were generated at a seminar held by the Young Foundation, bassac and CDF in December 2005, to discuss the role for voluntary and community organisations, activists and residents, in new

Mapping Value in the Built Urban Environment

17 March 2006 | Authors:

The Value Mapping project was commissioned by CABE in late 2005 and was managed by the Young Foundation, drawing on a team with experience of research and practice. The project was commissioned in order to better capture less tangible things

The Baby Boomer Generation and the Birth Cohort of 1945-1954 : a  European perspective

17 March 2006 | Authors:

Young Foundation Fellow Jim Ogg gave a working paper during the ESRC Social Science Week in March 2006 on the European Baby Boomer Generation: In a paper discussing the conceptual and methodological issues of studying baby boomers, the North American

Social Silicon Valleys

5 March 2006 | Authors:

The world today faces a serious innovation gap. In fields ranging from chronic disease to climate change we badly need more effective models and solutions. This paper examines how social innovation happens in NGOs, the public sector, movements and markets. It

Tools and Processes for Neighbourhood Problem-Solving? The place for charters, inquiries and community initiatives in new neighbourhood arrangements

18 February 2006 | Authors:

As the agenda for future reforms of English governance at local and neighbourhood level develops, discussions have been underway in policy circles about two related issues; the introduction of “triggers” or “community calls for action”, and the more widespread use

Seeing the wood for the trees – The evolving landscape for neighbourhood arrangements

18 November 2005 | Authors:

The ideas presented in this discussion paper are in the form of an indicative draft. It was intended to inform the development of a menu of options which can be pursued within existing frameworks, and to establish what needs to

Heatwave – Implications of the 2003 French heatwave for the social care of older people

18 October 2005 | Authors:

The heat wave in France during August of 2003 resulted in the deaths of an estimated 15,000 people, most of them elderly. This catastrophe was a collective failure with multiple causes and consequences. Unlike many major disasters, heat waves are


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