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We all need to be resilient

We all need to be resilient

Last week I co-facilitated a session on resilience at the wonderful CreativeCollisions conference. Way over 100 youth professionals and young people spent nearly 2 hours engaging with the subject, focussing on the following question: • How can we increase resilience in young people and communities? This is a critical question and gets right to the(…)

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Where is the good news?

Where is the good news?

“Youth is disintegrating. The youngsters of the land have a disrespect for their elders and a contempt for authority in every form. Vandalism is rife, and crime of all kinds is rampant among our young people. The nation is in peril.”  Quote from an Egyptian Priest, circa 2000 BC It is all too easy to(…)

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Gamesmakers, Olympic Ideals & Legacy

Everyone is in agreement that the London 2012 Gamesmakers are doing a sensational job. They are a fantastic tribute, to themselves; to the British and non-British people who live in this country; to the spirit of volunteering and to the Olympics itself. To set the context for this blog, I have been managing Olympic programmes(…)

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A Monumental Error in the Making – The curious case of the expansion of the National Citizen Service

Something very odd indeed is going on. In the middle of the most severe cuts in living memory where youth service budgets are being decimated, the government has announced a massive, and very costly, expansion of an unevaluated programme that has yet to demonstrate that it works at all. And to make matters even more(…)

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There are no single causes of complex events

There are no single causes of complex events

The recent riots have quite correctly occasioned an outpouring of emotion, debate and commentary. Much of it now is focussed on the question of what “caused” the riots to happen with debate raging and all sides using the situation to back up and trumpet their own pre-existing beliefs. There has sadly been a tremendous amount(…)

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