Making a Deal: Unlocking Potential In Communities

By Paul Taylor (Innovation Lab, Bromford)
“One of the many challenges for the public sector is that it must start believing in people and communities again. (…) Huge parts of the public sector have designed services around what people can’t do for themselves rather than nurturing what they can. Now we have to reverse it. Not because there’s a lack of money but because it fundamentally disempowers people. It was a lovely, thoughtful thing to do but it leaves people ill-equipped for life in the 21st Century. And, worst of all, it massively under values the skills and passions that people have. (…) Believing in what people can do means being brave enough to admit that we won’t always be needed. This is about us all being brave enough to start a conversation that really matters.