We’ll achieve good work when we give workers a voice

November 6, 2018

by Kate Bell, Head of Rights, International, Social and Economics, TUC

The Carnegie UK Trust’s report on measuring good work gives us a great set of tools for measuring how work is changing. But delivering on good work will require that government lets unions access ...

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Kindness and emotions: public policy’s blind spot

November 1, 2018

by Julia Unwin CBE

We all want to be kind and calls for kindness in public services are everywhere. Who wouldn’t want to be kind? But we also want services to be fair. We want them to be accountable and run by prof...

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A Journey Worth Travelling

October 26, 2018

by Ewan Aitken, CEO, Cyrenians

“If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together” may or may not be an African proverb, its origins being uncertain; but it holds a truth which I have seen lived out in a perh...

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Now is the time to talk about job quality

October 25, 2018

By Gail Irvine, Senior Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

This week the Carnegie UK Trust published new research which analyses how workplace trends are impacting on the quality of life of workers in Ireland. Our argument is simple: that work should imp...

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A new purpose for civil society? Reflections on the Scottish conversation about civil society futures.

October 16, 2018

by Ben Thurman, Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

“We are living in a time of great change.” The changing nature of work. The erosion and loss of public space. Declining trust in organisations and institutions, and a sense of loss of contro...

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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 provid...

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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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