News, Politics

Looking forwards with hope and trepidation

So my relocation to Scotland was completed last month; and I am now looking forwards to working with the local voluntary sector and other organisations that share my interest in social change. Firstly I need to build a network of contacts and hopefully schedule some workshops on topics that can help develop the skills and… Continue reading Looking forwards with hope and trepidation

Social Media

Five tips to avoid a social media meltdown

Among the usual Facebook posts about silly pets, tasty meals and holidays are those showing friends and family having fun. But what if your great night out was caught on video? A laugh yes, but maybe not so funny if your drunken antics were seen online by your employer? The instant nature of social media,… Continue reading Five tips to avoid a social media meltdown

Civil Society

Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

Voluntary sector organisations and trade unions have much in common. They seek social justice for their beneficiaries, they rely heavily on volunteers to help organise and support beneficiaries; and they rely on non-paid bodies to oversee their strategic direction and governance. Both types of organisation are also heavily regulated; and scrutinised by a sceptical, often… Continue reading Voluntary sector and trade unions: the need for common cause has never been greater

Leadership & Management

Good leadership requires more than vision. It requires trust

In his second blog post for Clore Social leadership, Green Pepper director David Green argues that trust is fundamental to social leadership. As well as financial integrity, an absence of conflicted interests, and ethical investments, David says social leaders should listen to, and above all, value and respect the contributions made by staff and volunteers: "In… Continue reading Good leadership requires more than vision. It requires trust