“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

A platform for the quietest of voices

Theatre’s not just for extroverts and entertainers. It can also be a powerful tool for people to find their voices and challenge authority. Here’s a potted history and a few modern examples of how we can use drama to shift power to people.

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The change is in me

Governments sometimes have the propensity to politely applaud grassroots movements from the sidelines instead of harnessing their power – and some are even seen as a threat. Here’s the view from Finland on NHS Change Day, citizen activism, and hope.

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Hope is contagious

It’s hard to change the way you do things, whether it’s within a family or a government department – money, risk and anxiety can stop us from trying something new. But we’re starting to see some real breakthroughs in local community work. How can we help that hope to spread?

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