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March 2011 Blog Posts (6)

The Cardiff Co-production Roadshow

The Cardiff Co-production Roadshow was also a great day, buzzing with the sense of a growing movement.

Philip Colligan, Executive Director of NESTA's Public Service Lab, talked about why co-production is part of the answer to the challenges that public services are facing and identified the challenges that need to be addressed to overcome the incumbency bias across public services and bring co-production closer to the mainstream - different approaches to commissioning, a culture shift…


Added by Francesca Cignola on March 21, 2011 at 19:56 — No Comments

The Edinburgh Co-Production Roadshow

We had a great day out north of the border in Edinburgh for the Scottish co-production roadshow event. There was a big crowd (even with people from the reserve list queuing at the door!), which has got to be a first for co-production, and a great sign for its future in Scotland.

David Boyle, a nef fellow did a brilliant keynote introducing the idea of co-production, and talked about its emergence as a concept in the United States, and the more recent work nef has…


Added by Julia on March 21, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Good website for info on the Time Dollar Youth Court in Washington


Youth Court is diversion! Youth Court provides alternative sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia and serves as a unique pre-petition diversion program for non-violent offenders. The goal of TDYC is to divert first-time youthful offenders, ages 13–17, away from the juvenile justice system and provide a meaningful alternative to… Continue

Added by Julia on March 17, 2011 at 16:43 — No Comments

Videos from co-producers

Have finally managed to track down some videos from the Public Services Inside Out launch event.


If you go to Vimeo ( and sign up/log in, and search for 'Public Services Inside Out' there are a number of videos of practitioners talking about co-production, with some really interesting insights.


Working on getting them uploaded to this site too -



Added by Julia on March 11, 2011 at 16:08 — No Comments

Banksy co-producer?


How brilliant is this 'graffiti?' Poses interesting questions about the public space, freedom, and individual expression within a co-production debate.I see it as a metaphor for how volunteering in all its forms will move from the double yellow lines paradigm of formality to become an expression of…


Added by George Thomson on March 2, 2011 at 8:31 — No Comments

the psychology of seeing people as an asset

It's a psychological truth that 'what you see is what you get' from others.

If your starting point is to see a person/group as having something of value to offer and that there is a dialogue and negotiation to work through then the end result is much more likely to be fruitful.

If, on the other hand, the psychology is manipulative or based on applying pre set ideas onto people the value is doomed!

The basic building block in co production, I think, is how we perceive…


Added by George Thomson on March 2, 2011 at 8:22 — No Comments

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