The question of how to define our object of study is a perennial one (I mean, I keep writing about it, so). It is also a political one; definitional activities help to decide who is in or out of the room, who gets to set the rules and the direction, and what the relationship is … Continue reading Disestablishing the governable terrain? (Or, things ain’t what they used to be)
I decided a little while ago that my literature review wasn’t pretty enough. So I made this timeline of voluntary sector history instead. Enjoy! My research looks at how the local voluntary sector in Birmingham has developed from about 1965 onwards. The story of the national voluntary sector, and the policy, programmes and debates that … Continue reading What’s happened to the voluntary sector since 1965?
This is a long blog about government scrutinies, strategies and reviews of voluntary sector policy. I’ve done a quick summary here, also at the bottom, in case you just want the gist (and the badges). Otherwise, read on. I had a throwaway conversation a while ago on twitter about ‘surviving’ various government reviews of the … Continue reading Scrutinies, strategies and reviews: what does government want from the sector?
The National Archives and the Pilgrim Trust launched Archives Revealed last month, a new programme of grant funding for organisations including charities to scope archiving projects and create new collections. So I thought I’d share some charity histories that I’ve found over the past few weeks. Charity histories are important because they tell our stories in … Continue reading Telling Charity Histories
Every once in a while, when I mention that I’m a trustee, someone will say to me “Oh I’ve always wanted to do that. I think it’s something I’ll do later in my career, when I’ve got the experience.” I’m here to tell you to do it now – because you’ve got what you need, … Continue reading On why I’m a trustee (and why you should be too)
My pal Alice, campaign wizard and general all-round good sort, made the mistake a while ago of asking what my Master’s dissertation was about. So I sent it to her. And received some justifiably rude words back. Ever keen to minimize my impact, this is a (very long, but still shorter than my dissertation) blog … Continue reading A blog for Alice on deepest darkest theory…
If you’re a voluntary sector fan, you’ll probably have seen Rob Wilson’s comment piece in Third Sector magazine by now (summarised in Civil Society if you get stuck behind the paywall). Described by some as interesting, others as insightful, and by one newsletter compiler as full of good lols, there’s certainly a lot to get … Continue reading How Rob Wilson views the sector: singing the refrain