As you may know, after 10 great years, Participle has taken the decision to close its doors on 16 October, 2015. This means that this will be our final post for the foreseeable future. Thank you so much for being a part of our community. We know that Relational Welfare is an idea whose time has come, and we are confident that people like you will be keeping the spirit of the movement alive in the world.
On that note, we wanted to share with you the final speech delivered by Hilary Cottam as Founder and CEO of Participle.
Public services don’t need to be transactional. Let’s not be afraid to talk about adding ‘love’ to the typical public service relationship, says Dr. Jennifer Sinclair in Australia.
Though they have different histories and cultures, Mexico and the UK are facing a surprising number of similar problems when it comes to social isolation and older people. Dionisio Garcia lays out the case for a Circle Movement in Mexico.
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase.
-Martin Luther King Jr
At Participle, we strongly believe that a 21st century welfare system must work relationally. (In fact we believe it so strongly, that’s what we’ve named our blog.) So what does that look like? Continue reading First steps to thinking relationally
Here at Participle we believe everyone who works deserves to be paid enough to live on. That’s the deal: you give your time and skills to us, we pay you enough to make it worth your while. It’s not a complicated concept and yet it appears to be one that hundreds and thousands of firms across the UK are confused by. Continue reading Value workers, pay your fair share. It’s really not that hard.
Here’s Participle’s Principle Partner Hilary Cottam being interviewed by Sue Goss of OPM on relational welfare. There’s lots of great nuggets in here- thoughts on the strivers vs. skivers dichotomy (“fecklessness”), what does the good life look like and how work feeds into it, and what our obligations are to each other as people, to name a few. We’ve ferreted out some of these best bits out for you in case you don’t have time to watch the whole thing. Continue reading Hilary Cottam on relational welfare, obligations and “fecklessness”
In our last post, we talked about neighbourliness. There are lots of different ways that neighbourliness can manifest itself, and one of those is finding a connection with a great local business. Whether it’s a great coffee shop, butcher or even a local paper, these types of independent businesses can inspire a lot love, acting as community hubs and keeping money in the local economy. So what better way to show your support than by helping them to work their magic and create jobs in your neighbourhood? Continue reading Crowdfunding and the relational economy: making it happen