A picture of the Super Moon in the night sky November 2016

The perils of past experience

Past experience can be a good friend; it helps build our confidence, reassures us we can adapt under different circumstances and helps give us a sense of progress. All good stuff I might argue. Recently, I witnessed past experience being used as a weapon, a means to ungraciously dismiss another point of view.  By reeling […]

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Living with uncertainty

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. – Mary Shelley The white water of change It has been an extraordinary week: The EU referendum in the UK produced a leave result, apparently catching all concerned out including the Leave campaign and then everyone seemed to be asking ‘why?’ […]

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Moving into Consultancy

I have been thinking a lot about what it means to work as a consultant recently. After every piece of consultancy work I do I try to take some time to reflect and review how I think it went, and what I might do differently in future. This often throws up insights into the kinds […]

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A journey to greater impact

As some of you may be aware there has been a lot of discussion about impact measurement over the last few years in the nonprofit sector. There is no doubt that if you want to retain or gain any of the reducing amounts of public subsidy being able to demonstrate impact is becoming a core […]

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Shine with us: Adult Learning Week 2014

Stories of remarkable people and organisations, who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others, are invited to be part of the country’s largest festival and celebration of learning. Nominations for NIACE’s Adult Learners’ Week Awards are open now for projects, providers, employers and individuals. Adult Learners’ Week is expanding in […]

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