I had another article published by the Guardian this week:
Is increasing public sector commissioning a good thing? Creating dynamism or a race to the bottom? The questions we need to ask about commissioning from the private sector (You can see the article here)
The broad issue for me is how to structure commissioning so that it is a worthwhile use of public money in the short, medium and long term - taking into account all the various costs and benefits (and I don't just mean the ones that can be counted and turned into money).
What the key ingredients for you - what are the differences that make the difference between good commissioning and bad commissioning?
At this time of year, for the last few years, I have been selecting a word to 'adopt' as a background theme for the coming year. And...
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An Open Space balloon escapes...
And there was a discussion on how it could be brought down. My suggestion was to release the 'O' as well in the hope of luring a passing giant wanting to play noughts and crosses (tic tac toe for those who speak American English). The 'winning' suggestion was to find the lightest person in the group, tie all the other balloons to them and send them to retrieve it. How would you bring it down?
Local Town Councillor (and former Town Mayor 2017/2019) working with and for local people to make the town even healthier, safer and wealthier for everyone who lives, works, visits, studies and plays in Buckingham
Change facilitator and organisational development practitioner with 30+ years experience across the public services and commercial world.
And now a blogger and writer too (Cracking Questions)