Author: Red Potato

Are we asking the right questions about growth?

Much debate about the nature of capitalism, post Euro-Zone crisis, credit crunch, and decline in company ethics. For many years we have blindly followed a model which rewards consumption and a “throw away” society.    If there is anything positive about the current economic crisis, it is that we are now thinking more about how we have…
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The joy of compost

I know, I know, this is meant to be a serious business blog, but here at Red Potato we feel strongly about recycling and the wonders of compost.   Something to do with “as ye sow, so shall ye reap”.   My King Edwards seem to thrive on a good dose of compost and well rotted manure.  …
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Why I don’t like “Focus Groups”

Well the original idea was a good one, but I think the phrase “focus group” has become debased such that sometimes it can be code for getting a group of people together to legitimise a decision  – policy based evidence. Effective engagement takes time, needs to be authentic and use different methods to attract different views.   …
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Do the preparation, check the destination

The  project has been completed, the final report, finally approved, the diary is clear of project update meetings and the virtual team has gone its separate ways. But what has changed?   How have things improved?   Have things got better for local people?   These are the questions which we need to be answered for any project…
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Too much data can lead to the wrong decision

The public sector deals in information, yet the value of that information is sometimes lost amongst all the other things going on.   Often we are asking elected members or senior management to make an informed judgement on policy based on too much data.   Yes you read it right, “too much data” masking the key points…
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The reason for consultation

The Consultation Institute provides a useful glossary entry on “consultation” It says consultation is “The dynamic process of dialogue between individuals or groups, based upon a genuine exchange of views and with the objective of influencing decisions, policies or programmes of action”   The quote says “genuine exchange”  – how often have we been involved in…
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What is core business for local government?

In the current environment of less public spend, it is even more important for local government to identify what is core business and what is done for small “p” political reasons – maybe the electorate would be more understanding if they could clearly follow L.Gov train of thought on these matters

Change is tricky

OK so you’ve got this great idea – it hits the “green” button, it will reduce costs to your organisation and provide greater insight into how the organisation works. Simples, all you need to do is tell your boss what you plan to do and then wait for the plaudits from the Chief Executive. How…
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