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.
We’re coming up to a general election, and no matter what you think about the political parties trying to win your vote, it’s a time to take a step back and think about what we’re really trying to achieve as a society. What does Britain want? And what makes a good life?
The concept of relational welfare, pioneered by the innovative work of Participle, has been gathering political support in recent weeks. The Labour leader Ed Miliband said in his Hugo Young lecture that ‘the challenges facing public services are just too complex to deliver in an old-fashioned, top down way without the active engagement of the patient, the pupil or the parent’. Continue reading Is our politics ready for relational welfare?