Yesterday I read this really spot-on piece in the Guardian that describes the need for politics to build a new consensus with the population if we are to achieve successful reform of public services. It was written by my old friend and collaborator Ben Lucas who is now the principal partner of the 2020 Public Services Hub at the RCA. Ben has been instrumental in the development of the Transition Institute, the innovation SEL co-founded with partners NESTA and strategic and intellectual support from a broad range of change-makers and public service experts. The Transition Institute is a platform to promote, debate and describe new forms of public service delivery that seek to maximise social value and in the space we are creating we want to build understanding of these new forms of delivery and so we welcome this timely contribution.
For us, successful reform is all about consensus that we are confident of achieving with the right strategy and support. So with Ben's kind permission, his piece is as follows.