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Fixing the Future

February 2009

This paper is about how to mitigate the recession, and, where possible, turn crisis into opportunity. It has been prepared to provide a framework for thinking and action by governments and local authorities, voluntary organisations and businesses, linking the global dynamics of recession to action on the ground. In the paper we summarise the background... Find out more

Neighbourhood working and organisational culture

Neighbourhood working and organisational culture: A scoping paper for the Neighbourhood Action Network. Over the last decade there has been a growing acknowledgement within local government that one of the major impediments to improving service delivery is the culture of the organisation. A local authority can fine tune its departmental structures time and again, but... Find out more

Neighbourhood Taskforces

October 2008

Vicki Sellick

Conflict exists at all levels of society, from the most localised of settings where neighbours bicker over the height of hedges to its most extreme form, violence between nations. Tensions also exist under the surface of most communities. The root cause may be lingering feelings of bitterness over past events, stereotypes of other communities’ cultures... Find out more

Local Wellbeing: Can We Measure It?

The concept and language of wellbeing was first introduced at the local level through the Local Government Act 2000. The Act included a new power of wellbeing, providing local authorities with the power to do whatever they consider necessary to promote or improve the economic, social or environmental wellbeing of their area. Following this, useful... Find out more

Developing leadership capability for a collaborative city

In this paper, we explored the increasing requirement for leaders to make complex judgements, to rethink and redesign systems, and to find integrative solutions that make sense from several different perspectives. We identified the need to develop a stronger ‘problem solving capability’ across London; and a greater self‐awareness about mental models, to equip the next... Find out more