Learning, evidence, and the case for local economic development: what the Forth Road Bridge closure had to tell us about what people really want

March 22, 2016

Written by Jim Metcalfe, Head of Practice and Development, Carnegie UK Trust

A few months from now, Edinburgh will play host to the inaugural World Towns Leadership Summit . Expert placemakers from North America, Australasia, Africa and Europe will gather to explore the l...

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Indicators of progress

March 11, 2016

Written by Lauren Pennycook, Policy Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

‘ What we measure affects what we do; and if our measurements are flawed, decisions may be distorted ’ according to the historic Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi Commission which set out the now undi...

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The Gateway to Affordable Credit – the door to financial inclusion and a fairer society

February 29, 2016

Written by Jenny Peachey, Policy Officer

Credit is woven into the fabric of our lives: essential, vital. Yet Scotland’s poorest people are excluded from mainstream lending, triggering a reliance on high cost lenders. The result? Those who ...

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Guest Blog: The Need for Affordable Credit

February 29, 2016

Written by Keith Dryburgh, Policy Manager, Citizens Advice Scotland

Credit has long been a complex and controversial – but ultimately essential – part of our society. It enables consumers to buy homes and cars; it allows businesses and the economy to expand; and i...

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GUEST BLOG: KEEP ON LEARNING – SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IS KEY TO HYPERLOCAL SUCCESS

January 20, 2016

Written by Emma Meese and Hannah Scarbrough, Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism.

Back in 2014, the UK’s largest ever survey of community journalists found that over half (52.1%) of respondents had no journalistic training or experience whatsoever. However, this has not impeded a...

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Guest Blog: Innovation in the Public Sector

January 19, 2016

Written by Sarah Hamilton-Fairley, Chief Executive of StartHere

The case for innovation ‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.’ Abraham Maslow It will come as no surprise that the public sector is facing s...

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A Call to Action for the Common Good

January 8, 2016

Written by Steve Wyler, Associate of the Carnegie UK Trust, and a member of the Call to Action for the Common Good initiative.

In 2015 the Carnegie UK Trust organised a series of dinners on the ‘common good’, in Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff, with small groups of well-connected individuals from different sectors. In the...

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IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH THROUGH OUR PUBLIC PLACES

December 10, 2015

Written by Lauren Pennycook, Policy Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

'Health is something that is created by people within the everyday settings of their life' , according to former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Sir Harry Burns. But are the places we live in act...

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Common Good Charities

December 8, 2015

Written by Steve Wyler, Associate of the Carnegie UK Trust, and a member of the Call to Action for the Common Good initiative.

Llandudno in late November was a wet, windy, and wonderful setting for the annual gathering of charities in Wales, brought together by Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The theme of the event was ...

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GUEST BLOG: CLUB SODA ON THE ENABLING STATE CHALLENGE

December 3, 2015

Written By Laura Willoughby, Club Soda

Club Soda is not quite 12 months old. We launched in January 2015, and have so far managed to 'bootstrap' our enterprise on dribbles of cash from small business loans, grants, and inv...

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