A shout out for leadership - 20th March 2020

In these extraordinary times, we want to give a shout out for the amazing leadership shown by so many in voluntary and community organisations, large and small - including our friends at Community Action:MK, Works for Us and MK CAB, NAVCA, UK Community Foundations and beyond.  We are indeed seeing that leadership is practiced by people at all levels, across boundaries, and in different contexts to 'make things happen' in challenging circumstances.

Water, water everywhere...the role of voluntary organisations in flood management - 24th February 2020

With fields up and down the UK increasingly looking like lakes, this month we link to a blog from CVSL colleague Karen Potter that considers the implications of flood water management for voluntary organisations through the case of Toddbrook Reservoir.

Toddbrook Reservoir – A Case of Dam Charity or Charity be Damned?

The PhD Research Journey - 5th December 2019

This month we introduce you to the journey through which PhD students arrvive at the OU and go on to develop insights into leadership and collaboration in voluntary organisations and social movements.  Follow the links below to learn more about the PhD experiences of Daniel Haslam and Akash Puranik.

Voluntary Sector Collaborations with the NHS, Daniel Haslam.

The Role of the Voluntary Sector in Cross-sector Collaboration: an NHS Multispecialty Community Provider. - 28th October 2019

Daniel Haslam

This is the third blog I’ve written about my research. You can read an overview of the work HERE and some notes on how I analysed my data HERE.

What a difference ten years makes: partnership, policy, and practice - 2nd October 2019

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis

Thinking and doing: creativity, innovation, leadership and back again - 26th September 2019

Helen Britton

Recently, I was talking with friends and one asked me how I would define leadership.  I took one of those hopefully unnoticeable extra intakes of breath, exhaled and then launched forward with my explanation.  For me, ‘leadership’ is the art of motivating a person or group of people to act towards a common goal. I know that may have sounded a little staid, and somewhat uninspiring, so let me expand my thinking.

Collaborative Leadership in Action: Lessons from practice, Citizens:MK’s Fight Against Hate Campaign - 6th September 2019

Dr Fidele Mutwarasibo

In this post blog, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, The Open University, explores the practice of collaborative leadership in the Fight Against Hate campaign in Milton Keynes. He also shares the lessons he learnt as a member of the leadership group of the campaign team. He concludes by articulating the importance of collaboration, partnership building and cross-sectoral interventions in addressing systemically societal challenges.

Power Sharing in the Boardroom - 9th August 2019

Lindsay Wilson-Jones, PhD Student, The Open University


Reflecting on our 2019 annual conference - 29th July 2019

At our recent conference on 9 July, we posed three testing questions that reflected the key puzzles we’ve been grappling with in the first three years of CVSL

These are:

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