Monthly Archives: December 2010

Arise Sir Stephen – and honour is satisfied

For a long time it was a moot point whether Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, or Stephen Bubb, head of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, would make it first on to the honours list.

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Talking tough on Hard Talk

It’s the trademark of the BBC news channel’s Hard Talk to give its interviewees a good pummelling. And the gravel-voiced Stephen Sackur didn’t hold back when questioning Sir Stuart Etherington, of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, about the big society at the weekend.

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The commissioning reform green paper contains something that could alarm the sector

While flicking through the Office for Civil
Society’s green paper
on commissioning reform,
I came across something that might alarm the sector.

The document is looks at ways to make it easier for
civil society organisations to bid for public service delivery contracts.
Sounds uncontroversial enough.

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Big society conference has a whiff of civil disobedience about it

On Tuesday I listened to people from the often-unheard community sector
discuss the big society.

There was no government speaker and hardly any suits or ties in the
room.

A rather hirsute man wearing jeans and a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, and with
a strong West Midlands accent, chaired the event. Very nearly half the 35
delegates were women and 10 were non-white.

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