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Break the modern day social etiquette and talk to strangers

It might seem like an iron-clad rule, but here are three places where it’s okay to go ahead and chat with a stranger.

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Up the Devolution

The opportunity to hand power back to local community networks is too valuable to discount – here’s Manchester native Cath Dillon on her hopes for the devolution agenda.

As I write this, the UK Devolution Summit is in full swing in Glasgow, with leaders from Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool and Scotland taking part. Devolution has been on the agenda for some time now, with support across the political spectrum. At Participle, we’ve seen first hand that when you put power in the hands of local people, good things happen. Continue reading Up the Devolution

Time: Now you see it, now you don’t

Social care pro Damien Ribbans shares his magic trick to make more time for those that need it most.

It’s a funny construct, time. There is a Spanish proverb that says “Time is relative to where you are, what you do, and for whom you are waiting.”

In these times of financial austerity, time is the only thing we aren’t running out of. We have less money, fewer resources, fewer jobs. But the amount of time we have is still the same. Time is currency, and we need to count it as equally as valuable as the rest of our dwindling resources. Let me show you how I think we are being wasteful with it.
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Building local networks for better education: the Compass-NUT Inquiry

The relentless emphasis on the market and league tables, together with the uncoupling of schools, colleges and universities from local authority control over the last 20 years has created a fragmentation of local education services. That’s why we at Compass, in partnership with the National Union of Teachers, have been very busy over the last year conducting interviews, having seminars with students and experts as well as holding national and local events to get to the bottom of the question: How do we build a more equal and democratic model of education? Continue reading Building local networks for better education: the Compass-NUT Inquiry