Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA
A guest commentary tying in with next month’s LGC Summit from the chief executives of Kensington & Chelsea RBC and the RSA
As some of the more radical voices in the RSA will regretfully attest, I have become a wishy-washy moderate to my core.
By the time this column is published we will be past the peak of columns, blogs, tweets and, possibly, handwritten notes advising James Brokenshire on what he should do in his new role as secretary of state for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. That won’t stop me adding my views, partly because they are out of line with the apparent consensus.
While functional democratic engagement is much more likely at a local than national level, councils have much to do to engage residents
When it comes to economic wellbeing, local policy needs to focus on feelings as well as facts.
In its influential vision for 2020 Public Services, published in 2011, the RSA developed the idea of ‘social productivity’.
Since my last LGC column the Prime Minister launched the Review of Modern Employment, produced by an independent commission that I chaired.
When writing about technology and public services I feel I should make several declarations of interest.
The role of individuals in world changing events is a fundamental, and probably irresolvable, debate among historians.
After many years of inquiry and, to be honest, some approaches that failed to deliver, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has come up with an injunction that sums up our approach to change: ‘think like a system, act like an entrepreneur’.