How Foundational Economy thinking could help Social Care (and much else besides)

(Available: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bank-closures-past-year-hitting-11326590. Last accessed 21st October 2019) This article was first published in the Welsh Housing Quarterly: https://whq.org.uk/the-magazine/issue/116/building-a-better-care-system/ “The services and products within the foundational economy provide those basic goods and services on which every citizen relies and which keep us safe, sound and civilized. Care and health services, food, housing, energy, construction, tourism and …

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Why multi-stakeholder co-ops have so much to offer for the good governance of public services

I recently gave a talk to Cardiff Business School about the model of governance which Cartrefi Cymru operates now that it‘s delivering social care as a multi-stakeholder co-operative. My principal focus for the talk was to talk about why we adopted a co-op model with three different membership categories, and I emphasised the relevance of …

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Participation in a big, new co-op

I recently attended an event organised by Co-ops and Mutuals Wales (http://www.cooperatives-wales.coop/) at the wonderful Baptist Tabernacle Chapel in the Hayes, Cardiff. It brought together people from the co-operative, community development and adult learning fields to explore issues of citizen and member participation. It was great to hear how much common ground there is across …

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The Elephant in Our Care System

Any time now the Welsh Government is going to publish its strategic plan for health and social care. They rightly deferred the task until they’d had time to reflect on the recent Welsh Parliamentary Review, and on the responses submitted.  Before the ink dries on the new plan, I’d like to float an important idea …

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