Monthly Archives: March 2011

It’s official: UK Government Ministers are using the term “Collaboration” in earnest

In 2009, after visiting a quarter of Local Criminal Justice Boards in England and Wales, I and a colleague wrote an internal report for the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the need for better collaboration in the criminal justice system. I a… Continue reading

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Shimon Peres speaks at Chatham House to mark 60 years in British-Israeli diplomatic relations

President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, gave a thought-provoking and thoughtful speech, urging urgent progress for peace, “If a galloping horse is going past your home, jump onto it.” He also commented pretty optimistically on the “Arab Sp… Continue reading

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Libya: keep strategy – and messages- simple

PR Week has quoted me for the third consecutive week, this time on the UK government’s handling of communications. UK is showing strong collaborative leadership, but needs to keep to one simple strategic aim, and not mix messages. This is not a cr… Continue reading

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Civil Society Forum: Blog 2 – vehicle for collaborative leadership

One of the main reasons why the Civil Society Forum will make a distinctive contribution is that most (Western) societies have a very sketchy understanding of what constitutes effective collaborative leadership, and we are limited by our current s… Continue reading

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UK Digital Technology takes another step – Open Data

Congratulations to TSO’s Chief Executive Richard Dell, serial entrepreneur and cool dude Robin Brattel, and all the team at TSO for creating the space for opening up data for transparency and re-use. They’ve put their weight behind the OpenUp cont… Continue reading

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Civil Society Forum: acting together on complex challenges

Along with six other close colleagues from the Collaborative Strategies Network (www.tocollaborate.org), I am helping to establish a new Civil Society Forum, with a launch scheduled for Wednesday 20th April. Civil Society faces profound organisati… Continue reading

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Oliver Gozzard’s The Commuter’s Tale – a case example of getting a new work published and promoted

This is a snapshot of a campaign to get an enterprising and talented poet published and promoted. The project started in April 2008 when Oliver Gozzard decided to write a modern sequel to the life of the romantic poet Lord Byron ??? a full-length th… Continue reading

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Super-cooperation: science, evolution and Japanese emergency services

What supports collaboration: nature, nurture or numbers? As a researcher and practitioner of collaboration, I have long been fascinated by what science and evolution tell us about altruism and self-interest. I work on the basis that competition an… Continue reading

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Save Bletchley Park – and learn about social media as a vehicle for change

Dr. Sue Black is a remarkable example of how much can be done in raising visibility and recognition of good causes, using conventional and new media. For the past two years, I have kept track of her campaign to generate interest in Bletchley Park … Continue reading

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Response to feedback: David Cameron’s attack on the civil service: ill-advised and not strategic

I have received many positive messages in support of the comments in this blog (and the original blog on Cornerstone Global Associates website – www.cstoneglobal.com) from serving civil servants. Several people have stressed how much this Governme… Continue reading

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