• Cultivating the Common; Inspiring our Vision and Operating Model

    Cultivating the Common; lets get serious about coproduction

    Inspiring our Vision and Operating Model

    You may not have realised it at the time, but local government probably featured in your earliest experiences. Perhaps the municipal park comes to mind, with carefully laid out and tended flowerbeds and an occasional caution to “Keep off the Grass”. Thoughtfully designed, professionally maintained but rather paternalistic, the park could serve as a metaphor for traditional “top down” services. But funding cuts and spiralling demand have compelled us to face up to long standing limitations of this approach.

    Simon Parker of the New Local Government Network (NLGN) uses the idea of landscape to describe how decisions taken now will affect local places and communities in the long term.… Read the rest