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Today is Anzac Day. Anzac, for those whose history is a little shaky, stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. The Anzacs first saw major action during the First World War, spearheading the ill-fated Gallipoli offensive in Turkey. On April 25th Australians and New Zealanders commemorate those who fought and died in that war, and those who have followed in their footsteps in subsequent conflicts – of which there have been many. Australian troops were involved in WWII, Korea, Malaya, ...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 25 Apr 2004
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Lower Personalisation

This might be taking personalisation too far.

Posted by Paul Miller on 23 Apr 2004
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Higher Personalisation

Charlie Leadbeater continues his personalisation Odyssey with an article in The Times Higher Education Supplement today. Unfortunately open access hasn't penetrated the paper yet, but here's a taster:'The 1990s model of customer-driven higher education is the high-throughput university, offering standardised, just-in-time degrees. Shopping for a degree is rather like shopping for white goods in the basement of John Lewis.Yet the generation going into university have grown up wi...

Posted by Duncan O'Leary on 23 Apr 2004
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Girlfriends in High Places makes the headlines

A healthy crop of news pieces in the papers this morning feature the forthcoming Demos report on women's professional networks. Read the Times here, the Independent here, the Guardian here, and BBC News Online has a piece too. The report, entitled 'Girlfriends in High Places' argues that professional networks can enhance individual career prospects while enabling women to work together to tackle workplace inequality. Women's professional networks can provide the kind of confi...

Posted by on 23 Apr 2004
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Network Logic

Our new collection, Network Logic, is now available. We've put the whole thing up but it's quite a big file so you can also download individual chapters. Let us know what you think.

Posted by Paul Miller on 21 Apr 2004
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Emotionally Intelligent Government

"We need a political narrative that connects with modern lives as they are really lived ' which instead of reaching for an unattainable Athenian vision of citizenship actually engages with the everyday choices and aspirations of ordinary people, which helps them to see how the cumulative impact of these choices enlarges or diminishes the possibilities of collective life, and which supports citizens in growing to be better citizens. I call this political narrative emotionally intelli...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 21 Apr 2004
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No More Beauty Queen?

She's not gorgeous. She's doesn't do work for charidee. And you're unlikely to find any photos of her with a wide grin and a tiny bathing suit. But Russian schoolgirl Alyona Pisklova has become an unlikely feminist icon in her homeland after winning twice the number of votes of her nearest competitor in a bid to become Russia's Miss Universe. You can read more about the story here. It seems that Ms Pisklova's unlovely visage has become something of a touchstone for wom...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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The Constituency Project

When we think of political leadership, we tend to think to the top of the tower, to the king of the castle. But high politics are under pressure, unable the reverse the erosion of public trust and the decline of formal participation through voting and party membership. The problem is legitimacy and academics who have wrestled with this dilemma - popularly referred to as the 'democratic deficit' - paint a picture of the 'executization' of parliamentary politics. No where is thi...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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Mentoring is the new house-buying

Forget property renovations shows: TV seems to have got the mentoring bug. Faking It revolved around the Obi-Wan/Luke relationship of the fakes and teachers. Now a new BBC show called Make Me Honest puts a criminal together with a mentor in an attempt to do what the title says. Last night's opener put together a blonde interior designer from Chelsea with a black street mugger from Peckham. Typecasting aside, it was a fascinating account of how chaotic lives and poor lifeskills make mainst...

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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More personal services

BBC Online does nice straightforward report on Personalisation through Participation report called-Personalise public services

Posted by on 16 Apr 2004
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