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Connecting Public Services with People and Places Using Cooperative Principles

Catch up on our webinar - Connecting Public Services with People and Places Using Cooperative Principles - which took place on Thursday 27th June 2024.

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Many public services have become detached from the communities they serve, resulting in detrimental consequences for outcomes and excessive costs.


A tendency towards bureaucracy that elevates processes above people and creates siloed operations, and business models driven by scale, can create a gap between essential services and the communities they aim to support. However, ‘cooperative principles’ offer a promising pathway towards revitalising our public services.


In this webinar, we looked at the impact of cooperative principles and explored how they can guide us in reforming public services to listen to people.


MV's John Copps was joined by:

·       Scott Darraugh, Chief Executive at Social adVentures, and Chair of Bevan Healthcare

·       Sam Pluckrose-Oliver, Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Locality

·       Gemma Murphy, Operations Director at PossAbilities CIC

To explore our latest thinking on how cooperative principles can shape new service models that are more connected to communities, click here. To listen to Scott's Radical Reformers podcast episode, click here. 

If you would like to discuss any of the topics covered in this webinar, contact 

Other resources mentioned in the webinar:


Locality’s ‘Keep it Local’ campaign:


Examples of good practice:



  • Matthew Syed ‘Rebel Ideas’ (2019) – looks at how to harness different perspectives, pool our collective intelligence and tackle the greatest challenges

  • Cormac Russell The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighbourhoods (2022) – looks at how to use connect with resources, skills, and experience in our neighbourhoods to create healthier, safer, greener, more prosperous, and welcoming communities.


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