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remember Donnygate?

May 12, 2009 by Andy Sawford

I was just thinking back to the speech I made at the Future Leaders Conference on the 15th April this year, organised by Changemakers with young people in their late teens and early twenties.   I said: So what is wrong with our system of government and what can we do…

Those expenses claims

May 11, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Day 4 of the Daily Telegraph led news coverage of MPs expenses claims.   “It was within the rules” seems to be the only response that MPs can muster.    A friend of mine who isn’t the least bit interested in politics said to me over the weekend that the expenses claims…

Engaging citizens in economic recovery

May 8, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

At LGiU we believe that empowering local people leads to stronger democracy and more effective governance. Of course we’re not alone in this: empowerment is central to how all the major parties think about local democracy and forms a major part of the current public policy landscape. But as the…

Captain Mike Abrashoff

May 7, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Just reflecting on the day I spent in Boston with Deborah Ancona, from the Sloan School at MIT, who shared ideas on leadership, innovation and improving performance in organisations.  Deborah has developed a new approach, known as X-teams that has been adopted in many of the worlds top companies.  To illustrate, she used a…

Boston final edition

May 7, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Boston Globe, one of America’s leading newspapers, well known for its coverage of national and international news, as well as city and state news, is on the verge of being wound up after a dispute between its owner and the workforce.  So anyday now could see the final edition,…

Competition conflict and collectivism

April 30, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The two Harvard freshmen who gave us a tour delighted in stories of competition with other universities, conflict with the neighbouring town of Cambridge, and collective action of varying kinds, including the alumni who have made Harvard the second wealthiest private institution in the world.  The wealthiest is the Catholic Church.  …

Stealing home

April 28, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Do you use the expression ‘home run’, do you sometimes just want ‘ball park’ figures or to ‘hit it out of the ball park’.    All of this means more to me now after getting the hottest ticket in America to see the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees. …

Boston, Massachusetts

April 26, 2009 by Andy Sawford

It’s not that there is anything wrong with Boston in Lincolnshire, it’s a smashing place, but there is potential for geographic confusion. I am here in Boston for a week long course at Harvard and MIT, along with a group of Chief Executives of public sector organisations, courtesy of BT…

local health services and accountability

April 26, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Feedback from our big debate on health accountability last week, hosted with the All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group. We had a mix of local authorities around the table, represented by Councillors and officers working in the health field, with health practitioners and national health organisations such as the NHS Confederation…

Educating for financial capability

April 23, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

There is a proposal in Budget 2009 (page 98) to include financial capability as a part of the statutory secondary school curriculum. Apart from seeing a role for local government in spreading its considerable expertise, it makes you wish that such a course was available to bankers at RBS, Lloyds etc…

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