Helen Sharp

Helen is an experienced public sector change agent. She has developed in depth expertise and knowledge in helping people re-think the role of citizens in the commissioning and delivery of public services and resources using a range of collaborative approaches including co-production, appreciative inquiry and community driven development.

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by Helen Sharp

‘A shock to the system’, a New Philanthropy Capital event

We report from the first seminar held by New Philanthropy Capital which accompanies their report on systems change.

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Report review: Systems Change – a guide to what it is and how to do it

New Philanthropy Capital's report on how to change systems provides an honest and accessible guide for those ambitious enough to try it.

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Report review: Drugs, hopes and dreams

Published by – The Association for Family Therapy Author – Elspeth McAdam and K. A. H. Mirza Date of publication – 2009 “Our will, our acts, aspirations and hopes can change the world around us and the very structure of the brain cells with which we think.” The fact that this is an academic paper in a science journal shouldn’t put you…

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Questions, questions…

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask” A commissioner’s role is a curious one – we need to ask questions but we need to make sure we’re asking the right questions. It’s here that we can so easily falter. Traditional commissioning required me to start with: “What are the issues?” “What do you need?” “Where are the problems?”…

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Idea of the Month: The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask

“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask… Thomas Kuhn August’s Idea of the Month comes from Thomas Kuhn, the American physicist, historian, and philosopher of science. I thought about how these words might be applied to the world of commissioning, and wrote about it here.

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“The Hub acts as a glue bringing together people and organisations who are doing so much to positively disrupt their local systems.”

Burcu Borysik, Mayday Trust