10 years of Mutual Ventures!
This year we are celebrating Mutual Ventures’ tenth birthday!
It hasn’t been a smooth decade for public services – but it certainly hasn’t been dull either.
It feels like there hasn’t been a year since we launched in 2011 that has not been disrupted by an economic downturn, an election, a referendum or a global pandemic – or some combination of those.
In times of disruption, public services are critical – and as a team we have kept working with our partners in central government, local government, the NHS and in the third sector to do what we can to make public services better, more sustainable and more connected to communities.
We’ve learned a huge amount from this work and we’ve had a lot of fun working closely with those who lead and deliver public services.
To mark our ten year anniversary, each member of our team has offered a reflection and recorded a short video on what they have learnt about public services. We will be releasing these week-by-week from March and you can view them all below as they are published.
Reflections on 10 years in public services
- Download a report containing the full MV team’s personal reflections on what they have learnt over the last decade
- MV’s Managing Director Andrew Laird introduces the reflections from our team
The following reflections will be released week-by-week throughout March and April:
- Reflection #1: I’ve learnt that place should be at the centre of how we organise public services, by John Copps
- Reflection #2: I’ve learnt that it is important to bold and visionary, even in times of crisis, by Agata Miśkowiec
- Reflection #3: I’ve learnt that for policy to be successful, you need to build bridges between central and local government, by David Fairhurst
- Reflection #4: I’ve learnt not to make assumptions about services users and that personalised services work best, by Laura Power-Wharton
- Reflection #5: I’ve learnt that empowering front-line staff is a powerful tool to improve public services, by Michael Wyatt
- Reflection #6: I’ve learnt that equality needs to be more than a word, it must mean real change, by Lily Mellen
- Reflection #7: I’ve learnt that strategy should never lose sight of the people using the services, by Alissa Davies
- Reflection #8: I’ve learnt that we must invest in our public services if we want balanced economic growth, by Andrew Laird
- Reflection #9: I’ve learnt that transformation is how you work with and win people round, and is not a just technical exercise, by Jordan Binedell
- Reflection #10: I’ve learnt that uncertainty is a feature of public services and the most successful learn to live with it, by Will Carruthers
- Reflection #11: I’ve learnt that partnerships are the bedrock of how the NHS works and are what the future of care relies on, by Matt Carter
- Reflection #12: I’ve learnt that public services are about the whole social economy, and not just the public sector, by Micol Tedeschi
- Reflection #13: I’ve learnt that communication needs to be at the heart of everything we do, by Emmet Regan
- Reflection #14: I’ve learnt that strong relationships are essential in public services, by Mark Bandalli
- Reflection #15: I’ve learnt that every challenge is different, by Eliza Hardwich
- Reflection #16: I’ve learnt that the ‘public service ethos’ is central to effecting real change, by Olly Cappleman