Blogs

Project blog - Probation Futures: what did the experts say?

Raj Cheema
Friday, 19 July 2013 - 10:10am

During my time with Innovation Unit, I’ve gathered insights in to public services from different sectors including education, health, social care, sustainability and innovation in the community and voluntary. But our justice related work challenges me the most.  Why? For me, with most public services, it’s easier to reach a conclusion on what the ‘right thing to do is’ or ‘who you’re doing it for’. I know where I stand. But it’s these very questions that put me in a conundrum when it comes to thinking...

Project blog - Probation Futures: Co-design Workshop 1

Raj Cheema
Friday, 19 July 2013 - 10:04am

The Probation Futures team kicked off the first co-design workshop generously hosted by Only Connect at their performance space in London this week. We were joined by a wide range of stakeholders who hold a pivotal role in helping us envision the future of probation. Among the 20 key stakeholders were ex-probation staff, criminal justice experts and ex-offenders with a service user’s perspective on the...

Innovation in sustainability: Give Me Tap - drink local and think global

Sarah Wilson
Monday, 15 July 2013 - 3:47pm

This fantastic non-profit scheme, Give Me Tap, has been featured in The Guardian and The Observer, but like most great ideas, I first found out about it from a friend. Who had heard about it from another friend. Who had heard about it from her brother’s friend’s girlfriend, who happened to know Edwin Broni-Mensa, the very inspiring 25 year-old who set up Give Me Tap. Such is the nature of the social innovation grapevine.

Give Me Tap is about tap water. Put simply, the scheme produces blue water bottle made of recycled aluminium that you buy...