Break the modern day social etiquette and talk to strangers

It might seem like an iron-clad rule, but here are three places where it’s okay to go ahead and chat with a stranger.

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Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

It’s been one month since Participle held its second ever Open House evening, and we’ve been getting lots of questions about how it went, what was discussed, and how people can attend in future.

As the event was all about how to build relationships and connect communities, we thought we might as well share this on the Relational Welfare blog. We’ll also let you know how to get on the invite list for future Participle events if you fancy it – we’d love to see you there. Continue reading Time, Space and Trust: Participle’s Open House on working relationally

The Learning Prison

“Treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of the civilisation of a country… there is treasure, if only you can find, it in the heart of every person.” – Winston Churchill

What would a 21st century prison, designed for rehabilitation, look like? It’s a little closer to becoming a reality.  Continue reading The Learning Prison

What working relationally means for me

Most public services require working with people, but relational public services put building relationships front and centre. What’s it like to work in a relational service for the first time? How is it different? Wellogram Guide Lucy Hawkin tells us her impressions.

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“Untitled”: How do you name a new way of working?

When you’ve got a complex, radically different new role open at your organisation, what do you call it so that people understand what you mean? Packing relationships, empowerment and a vision for the future into two little words – or not.

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Land of the Rising Fun: Circle is big in Japan

In 1984 the German band Alphaville had their biggest ever hit with Big In Japan. It was a great tune though the lyrics weren’t the best and the video was pure 1980’s.

Fast-forward 31 years to todays to Rochdale in the North of England and we at Circle can like Alphaville, claim to be “Big in Japan!” Continue reading Land of the Rising Fun: Circle is big in Japan

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