User-centred design: Or how I learned to ‘fall in love with the problem and not the solution’

October 9, 2018

By Beth Southard, Norfolk Libraries

User-centred design: Or how I learned to ‘fall in love with the problem and not the solution’ [1] The  #NotWithoutMe Accelerator  is an innovative development programme which provides...

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Flip phones, feedback and fusing ideas

October 9, 2018

By Alex Leeson-Palmer, Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN)

The  #NotWithoutMe Accelerator  is an innovative development programme which provides organisations the time, resources and support from peers and experts to develop their approaches to deliver...

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Working Towards Wellbeing: Libraries Week 2018

October 8, 2018

By Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

This week, libraries across the UK will be showcasing and celebrating what they do best: bringing communities together, supporting people, combating social isolation and providing a safe civic space t...

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Not random but radical? Beyond bumper sticker versions of kindness

October 3, 2018

Julie Brownlie is Senior Lecturer in sociology at Edinburgh University where she researches sociological approaches to emotions and relationships.

Simon Anderson, who co-authored this guest blog, is an independent social research consultant and Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University.


Anyone over the age of 40 will remember the ‘Love is…’ cartoons that once festooned mugs, bumper stickers and greetings cards. Mushy and ubiquitous, they somehow cheapened the concept they set o...

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Tackling bad work starts by asking the right questions

September 24, 2018

By Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA and co-chair of the Measuring Job Quality Working Group

Last week the latest UK employment statistics were released, heralding yet another fall in unemployment to a new record low since the 1970s. This continues a pattern we can rightly feel pleased with. ...

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Facilitating unusual friendships – the Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland Support Network

September 20, 2018

Lauren Pennycook, Senior Policy and Development Officer

The Carnegie UK Trust is an advocate for identifying and learning from unusual friends, across places, spaces and sectors. And what two places can form a more unusual friendship than Northern Ireland ...

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Could Brexit be a catalyst for change for towns?

September 19, 2018

by Pippa Coutts, Policy and Development Manager, Carnegie UK Trust

With Brexit around the corner, initial policy proposals for replacing EU funding to the UK (such as the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund) are beginning to surface. For e...

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Is the demise of Wonga a cause for celebration?

September 18, 2018

By Niall Alexander, Carnegie Associate, Carnegie UK Trust

Wonga, the poster boy for the payday loans industry has collapsed, no one is shedding tears. The likelihood is that other similar firms will follow; the claims management companies will see to that, f...

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Local Cornerstone – Year One Review – A Team Member’s Perspective

September 13, 2018

By Kelly Blair – Team Member

12 months into ‘Local Cornerstone’, a radical restructuring of one of Scotland’s largest care providers, designed to provide staff with more autonomy and deliver better outcomes for service use...

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“Create a minimum job quality standard.” An impossible demand?

September 7, 2018

By Martyn Evans, Chief Executive, Carnegie UK Trust co-chair of the Measuring Job Quality Working Group

The ambition for ‘full employment’ became a key party political battleground over the 20 th century. The skirmishes lasted into this century, even within the same party. When he was Chancellor, G...

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