This week I met someone from Star Wars…

It is a period of intense unrest. The Chancellor of the Galactic Empire, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, wielded his axe yet again this week to cut back Universal Credit and the furlough scheme. Apparently necessary steps to teleport us all into…

This week I’m keeping it sensible.

I’m always surprised but grateful that people read and respond to these, particularly as in my last notes I started rambling about Mayor McCheese and OKRs. I was worried I had done a Fonzie…

So this week I’m doing a Jane Austen instead…

This week I’m loving it.

A lot has happened since I last wrote a weeknote. We passed £100m invested to support communities across the country. And if you want to know what impact that’s had, we also transferred six years of research over to the Institute for Community Studies. Also…

This week’s notes make for sobering reading…

Sometimes it feels like we’re trudging along the Road, feet shuffling through a thick layer of ash, towards the ponderous counterspectacle of things ceasing to be. The sweeping waste, hydroptic and coldly secular. The crushing black vacuum of the universe, leaning in towards us. The end.

But perhaps I’m being…

This week’s notes are a must for the Phil Collins fan out there

So the Olympics have finally started, and it’s great to get reacquainted with many sports I only seem to watch once every four years. Obviously dressage is always a highlight, though sadly no Phil Collins soundtrack this…

This week I’ve been looking for freedom

What is freedom? This is the question asked by philosophers through the ages — Arendt, Rousseau, Marx. I wonder what they would have made of the so-called Freedom Day on Monday:

People of Britain unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains…and…

Are you just about managing? Stuck in the squeezed middle? Or have you levelled up, ready to build back better?

I’ve just returned from an action-packed few days in Devon, talking big ideas and shivering in a tent at the Playground for the New Economy festival. If you haven’t been…

It’s been a month since I last wrote an update, largely due to a series of shorter working weeks either because of annual leave or illness. But it has still been a very busy period, not only with work but with the social scene bursting back into life at the…

This week I’ve been laying plans

The whole place was in chaos. Files and papers everywhere and the clock ticking down. The original plan didn’t work, so we’re reverted to the nuclear option — throw all last remaining items into bin bags and hope for the best.

It’s been a…

This week was about asymmetry and bad infinity

R,D & D

The results are in from the first round of discovery research, exploring how to better support community businesses with the digital and financial management skills, as well as how to attract and support new and more diverse audiences embrace the community business model (and vice versa). …

Stephen Miller

Social researcher and writer. Putting theory into practice, to make the world a better place.

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