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Pay Attention to the Surprises

How unearthing and unleashing the surprises in ‘community health’ work is crucial to the field – but rarely done well or systematically (and goodbye for now)

Solving Through Relationships, Not Transaction

A conversation with Chris Dabbs on how Unlimited Potential has walked the line between serving community residents and serving commissioners

When Trust Is Not Enough

A conversation with Graham Duncan about building confidence and hope amongst marginalised populations – and the psychological processes underpinning it

Halfway Between a Stranger and a Friend

A conversation with Maff Potts on how 20 years working at the sharp end of society has taught it him that only two things matter, and what he’s doing about it

Lessons from the Frontline of Cross-Sector Partnering

A conversation with David Relph, formerly of Bristol Health Partners, on why collaboration has to be the core purpose of institutions concerned with health

The Need for Human Learning Systems

A conversation with Toby Lowe on his journey from baffled Chief Executive to a key figure in the movement to find more effective ways to work in complex social environments

The Challenge of Going Beyond the Usual Metrics

A conversation with Andrew Harrison of Revaluation and The Learning Studio on the promise and complexity of surfacing new types of value

Effective Housing Goes Beyond a Home

Paul Taylor, Innovation Coach at Bromford, a housing association in the UK, describes why building homes is not enough

Why This Work Is On Ice

In this ‘final’ post, I share some of the reasons why we failed to get funders to support us; some are about how we worked, some are about funders, and some are about the wider culture in the UK

Do Funders Silence New Voices?

A little update on where we’ve got to in trying to get our work off the ground and what it’s teaching us about funders

Space For Lived Realities

How the leader of Glasgow Council seems to have failed to understand the lived realities of thousands of council workers

The Risk of Sharing

How writing about one’s work likely means criticising systems —a risky strategy given that they’re often the source of funding
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