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Can companies operate better without managers?

Can companies operate better without managers?

In this BBC podcast released on the 2nd June, Dina Newman discusses whether companies can operate better without managers as part of their 'People Fixing the World' series. It looks at the amazing results that can be achieved where self-management is introduced...

What’s Love Got To Do With it?

What’s Love Got To Do With it?

You have to be quite a courageous person to talk about love in a meeting. You have to be a really really courageous leader to talk about love in a meeting with other leaders! I’ve tried to do it quite a few times in various situations and very rarely does it land...

Caring Places, Building Healthy Communities – A new plan

Caring Places, Building Healthy Communities – A new plan

When my colleagues and I sat down towards the end of last year to plan our first national conference, little did we know that our chosen theme would have such life and death significance just three months later. We chose the title Caring Places – Building Healthy...

The good old days . . .

The good old days . . .

Often, I hear my grandfather say that ‘it’s not like it was in my day’ as if that is a good thing. For me that conjures thoughts of world wars, rationing, coal mines, disease, tenements and a serious lack of technology. However, recently I have been aware of some...

Not so much a blueprint as a guide to creativity

Not so much a blueprint as a guide to creativity

Since we began supporting Buurtzorg-inspired change in British health and adult social care four years ago, many children’s social workers and managers have urged us to apply the same knowledge and experience to their sector. As a small social enterprise with no core...

Highlights from our Buurtzorg Founder Visit

Highlights from our Buurtzorg Founder Visit

At the end of November we were honored to welcome Buurtzorg Nederland founders Jos de Blok and Gonnie Kronenberg and their foundation's supervisory board for two days of meetings with us in London. We explored progress in the Transforming Integrated Care in the...

Trust is a two-way street

Trust is a two-way street

“Too many eyes, not enough hands.” That is the quote – describing the children’s social work environment -- that resonated most at the London launch of A Blueprint for Children’s Social Care: Unlocking the potential of social work this week. The booklet, to which I...

Enabling Life Not a Service by Brendan Martin

Enabling Life Not a Service by Brendan Martin

“We want commissioners and providers to be inspired by all the creative providers … They are examples of how people are being given the opportunity to enable a life not a service.” So says Clenton Farquharson, chair of Think Local Act Personal (TLAP), launching its...

The man who read his newspaper upside down By Paul Jansen

The man who read his newspaper upside down By Paul Jansen

Aretta had been working with her client for a few days now. Jack was a typical case of a slightly lonely, elderly man in the London borough, with a range of support needs. Not seriously ill, just in need of some help every so often, and Aretta had become his ‘first...

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