Category Archives: Employment and job hunting

On mental health – again

Summary On finding out that you’re not alone, and a big moan about politics too We’re losing too many good people because of our society’s failure to help people facing mental health challenges. There seems to be a pattern here … Continue reading

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My first digital video commission – and employers overlooking digital skills young people have

Summary It may only be a ‘micro-commission’, but for me it’s a giant leap on all things digital media. But are employers missing out on the skills that today’s school leavers have developed growing up in this internet age? If … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Education, training and exams, Employment and job hunting, Puffles, Social media | 1 Comment

2014, but who will have a place in the sun(shine)?

Summary Where will the inspiration come from? And a challenge for all of you at the end I’m starting this blogpost with a saccharine advert from the late 1980s – a time when society, like today was also very divided … Continue reading

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Puffles looks at trains again

Summary Musings on maps – of the railway kind. And following the wanderings of my mind. This blogpost started off from reading an article about Blackpool – see it here. There’s one thing that troubles me not just about Blackpool … Continue reading

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What would a ‘digital skills in the community’ program look like?

Summary Persuading communities and institutions to think much more creatively about all things digital It’s got to the stage where I feel I need to significantly broaden my skills sets – in particular some of the broader basics. It’s one … Continue reading

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Cambridge Area Partnership joins up the dots

Summary Taking the first steps to overcoming some massive cultural, historical, public policy and institutional barriers to make a difference for young people I was on a panel for an event that brought together schools, employers and local council officers … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Education, training and exams, Employment and job hunting, Events I have been to, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Puffles | 1 Comment

The autumn statement

Summary More political tactics than radical strategy and long-term vision as Osborne and Balls crossed swords I never find these parliamentary statements particularly pleasant viewing. Too much testosterone-fuelled willy-waving and point-scoring for my liking. Statistical spin on the National Infrastructure … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Employment and job hunting, Housing and transport, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy | 1 Comment

Is the Prince of Wales onto something with his new initiative?

Summary Amid the wave of publicity, could the impact of a number of initiatives (this being the latest) to re-engage young people in politics and civic society have far more radical impacts than establishment figures realise? (If so, good). The … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Cambridge, Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Charities and Big Society, Education, training and exams, Employment and job hunting, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Social media | 1 Comment

The poisonous politics of reducing unemployment

Summary The speech has not even been delivered yet people are angry already. There’s a thin line between passionate politics and poisonous politics. The problem with the latter – as much reported with the media storm around Damian McBride’s book … Continue reading

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Are there some moral lines that outsourcing of public services should not cross?

Summary Should all public services and state functions be open for outsourcing or are there some lines that should not be crossed? The difference with this blogpost compared to others I’ve covered in public policy is that it looks at … Continue reading

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