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After the Polls: Predicting the Post-Election Landscape

Today I am at an RSA talk entitled ‘After the Polls‘. Normally I either live tweet or write notes on Evernote that I always intend to publish on this blog but never have the time to… so here’s a new approach: writing directly on the blog as the event is happening. It’s not quite live blogging because I will have a look over the text before I publish this – as I understand it, live blogging is a bit like a series of extended tweets, right?

Tweets are at #RSAelection.

‘Today’s event is about analysis, not advocacy’ – Anthony Painter, chair.

Our speakers today are:
Tim Bale – politics professor, wrote a book predicting what Ed Miliband would be like as PM.
Miranda Green – Newsweek contributing editor, knows about Lib Dems.
Janan Ganesh – FT political correspondant, knows about Conservatives.

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Mass Individuation


Image from Demotix

Following from my report on the values talk last night, I thought about the concept of ‘mass individuation’.

People perceived their community and their country’s values as very different. They thought lowly of the country’s values and blamed the government, yet are happy in their community.

If they are happy in their communities, why don’t people see this as part of the country? If they are happy with where they live, what is the problem? Where is the line being drawn between their community and their country?

The question of responsibility arises. Many people leave it up to the government to serve the country. But what about us contributing to that? How can people be empowered to make a difference to society, without leaving it all up to the government?

Phil Clothier names the act of taking matters into our own hands as ‘mass individuation’. As individuals, we take action to improve society, and we do this en masse. That’s what the term means – I’m not sure if it’s really happening. Continue reading

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Are you a service designer?

If you are, please get involved in this inquiry about design for the public sector.

‘The Design Commission’s second project, sponsored by the Design Council, AHRC, and Capita, and co-chaired by Barry Quirk and Baroness Kingsmill, will look at the emerging area of theory and practice around ‘designing’ policy and public services. We believe many of the failings in our range of public services are usually due to outdated or inappropriately designed systems, and in most cases, redesign (and constant, rather than one-off, redesign) will be required to meet cost-saving targets, improve services, and make them more relevant. The purpose of the inquiry is to identify, and publicise, how good design practice can be brought to bear more often in the realms of policymaking and public service provision.’

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Shake up your Perspective

You might expect comedy from a children’s book writer, but I bet you wouldn’t expect this level of political awareness and wisdom in one. He makes a very good point and is doing the right thing – perhaps we have prejudices that we can’t shake, but we can teach our children to be aware of other perspectives so they aren’t as prejudiced as we are.

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