Third Sector – Common Purpose

February 26, 2009

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CHARITY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LEADERS

” Speaking at the launch, attended by representatives from a variety of Basingstoke’s leading businesses including Motorola UK’s new chairman Graeme Hobbs, (OK) was Common Purpose founder and chief executive officer, Julia Middleton.

A founder and former member of independent think tank Dermos, Ms Middleton spoke about her views on responsible leadership in uncertain times.She said: “I would suggest that we need more leaders who are prepared to look outside their own space and run the risk of being known as interferers – people who will look at issues that are not their own and not just stick to what is written on their business card.”

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Knowledge into Action – The third healthcare revolution

February 25, 2009

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KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION

“What is required is a third healthcare revolution and this is currently taking place, driven by three inter-related forces – knowledge, information technology, particularly the Internet, and citizens. Some professionals are at the forefront of this revolution but the professions, those organisations, which Paul Starr called the “sovereign professions” are often out of step with, and behind, the Zeitgeist.”

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Civitas – Third Sector and Social Enterprise in Health

February 25, 2009

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THIRD SECTOR AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN HEALTH – THE WAY FORWARD?

“Indeed, ‘set us free’ was the overwhelming message from delegates. Lord Mawson provided the following observations:

* Drill into the detail of consequences. I thought I’d find religion in churches, but I found them in the NHS – it’s full of talk of health inequalities, making everything equal and fair, but it’s the patients that pay the price.

* Create cultures that back success. Many people spring up who are very good at what they do, yet systems too often undermine their work. We need to reward them.

* Take a long-term view. It’s about listening to people to make things work and above all about learning-by-doing.

* Grow together. Public vs. private and voluntary sector vs. private sector is an out-dated concept.

* Create an enterprise culture. Children need to breathe in the entrepreneurial traditions aged 6, not 16.

* Beware of politicians from all parties; the ‘johnny-come-latelies’ and the political culture based on ‘come and go’. Five years is a very short time.

* Be a lot more radical. We have to move this on and think about how to cut out the bureaucracy, to get hold of problems and really learn and try to apply a solution.

* Quality leadership. We need to back people before structures.

* Recognise that health is not an illness service. People are healthier when they are empowered.

* Prove that you are better. Measurement will have limitations in terms of integrated, holistic responses to human problems, but we need to show how money’s been saved and how much quality we’re providing. “

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Third Sector – Organisations of The Third Sector

February 24, 2009

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ESRC – ORGANISATIONS OF THE THIRD SECTOR

“One of the challenges for engagement with the third sector is its enormous diversity. Segmenting the third sector by type of organisation can sometimes be helpful:

VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS

COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS

CHARITIES

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

CO-OPERATIVES

MUTUALS

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Third Sector – 2011 – European Year of Volunteering

February 23, 2009

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2011 – EUROPEAN YEAR OF VOLUNTEERING

“We are delighted to see that the European Commission has taken up a civil society initiative. We believe that the decision to work towards 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering brings the Commission closer to the people of Europe and to their real concerns. It has responded to the voice of its citizens: over 100 million Europeans contribute to society as volunteers, putting into practice shared values of solidarity, social cohesion and active citizenship.”

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CIVITAS – The Third Sector and Social Enterprise in Health

January 9, 2009

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THE THIRD SECTOR AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN HEALTH: THE WAY FORWARD? HOUSE OF COMMONS, 13 MAY 2008

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