By WiT, Feb 27 2014 03:09PM

First posted January 2011 - John Mitchell


In the current difficult and uncertain climate, all public sector, third sector and voluntary organisations are facing major challenges: organisationally, as they try to make sense and orientate themselves in the new political framework of ‘big society’ and localism, and financially, as public sector cuts first threaten and will soon start to really bite.


By WiT, Feb 27 2014 03:04PM

First posted December 2010 - Lesley Cramman

The recent snowy weather in the UK has stopped many of us in our tracks – doing simple things like getting out of the street to go to the shops or take the children to school suddenly became a bit of a challenge. I have been walking my mum’s rather cold, resisting labrador at night time to avoid mum braving the icy roads and risking a fall. Wandering around in the incredible light, with the muffled sounds that snow produces, even in the heart of the city, created an unexpected opportunity for a bit of quiet reflection.


I hadn’t given Kurt Lewin’s 3 stages of change ideas a great deal of thought recently – but in the cold and ice the model seemed a rather appropriate starting point for thinking about the state we find ourselves in at the moment, with public sector organisations bracing themselves for deep, and perhaps fatal cuts to their budgets.


By WiT, Feb 27 2014 02:52PM

First posted October 2012 - John Mitchell

We are in the process of thinking and reflecting on our work and what we can offer, in response to the rapidly changing environment with the Con-Dem coalition government and the recent Comprehensive Spending Review.


By WiT, Feb 27 2014 02:27PM

First Posted May 2011 - John Mitchell


Over the years we have written a number of learning histories for a variety of different organisations. A learning history is a story told from multiple perspectives, and is a highly participative research approach that helps an organisation reflect on and learn from experience, while also providing an excellent way to explore how this learning might impact on future work.


By WiT, Feb 27 2014 02:18PM

Originally Posted: January 2011 - John Mitchell


How do we make and sustain a space for learning in these difficult times?


How do we respond to the challenge and threat of the deepest cuts to essential public services in living memory?


Are the government’s proposals for ‘bottom up’ reorganisation, ‘big society’ and ‘localism’ simply rhetoric to mask the cuts, or do they open up opportunities for much needed radical change?


By WiT, Feb 26 2014 09:01PM


Original Post: November 2010 - Lesley Cramman


We have run many World Cafes over recent years, with a wide variety of organisations.


We were recently asked by a Teaching PCT to run a two day World Cafe training course for staff in the PCT and partner organisations. The PCT needed to find new and effective ways to engage with its communities, and had identified the World Cafe as an exciting and appropriate approach. By training its own staff it is hoping to be able to use the World Cafe widely in its future work to involve and engage the public and service users in a wide range of conversations about the future of health provision.


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