Collaboration

I have never seen a better demonstration of the power of scientific collaboration than the pan-European effort to treat and cure cancer. If we leave the EU, we risk throwing that away
The rallying cry of 'take back control,' which inspired so many voters, will not be realised within the constraints of our Parliamentary democracy. More ambition is required. In the 18th century, Britain's Parliament redefined modern democracy; in the 21st, it can do so again.
Recently I was listening to a group of Remain voters discuss whether they would base their vote in the General Election on the promise of a second EU referendum. Most said 'no'. Their line was simply: the vote has been decided; we need to proceed and exit.
This New Year, Theresa May PM said: 'For too long mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country' and announced that the government will support pilots of new approaches in response. Schools are a key part of that response.
The next few years are going to require some bold and creative solutions to some very challenging problems. These solutions are going increasingly to invented and implemented on a place basis and will be best achieved when local government and the VCS are together promoting and striving for their communities.
Community is a concept generating a huge amount of buzz in digital terms in the fashion industry, where brands engage customers online and build brand loyalty with the aim of learning more about them and increasing commercial success.
In the near future we would hope that our business and local community models can both be shared and used by others in the UK and beyond as a tool to respond to this complex issue.
You'll see, if you look at those questions again, that they are shared by the audience member. In fact, every time you make something even just partly for someone else, you let them ask the same questions you're asking of your actions; you make them shareholders in the action.
Why? The simple fact is that consumers are more likely to trust established names with what will likely be the largest transaction of their lives. This might change for some segments of the market, but it is difficult to see it changing the whole market.
I write this blog from the corner of my shared office, mindful of a conversation overheard this week among one of the support teams. They recently took on a few extra staff and as such need to change where they sit in the open plan part of our office. Excerpts of the discussion are as follows...