Citizen Network members share ideas, stories and writings on how to advance citizenship for real.
Living Well with Dementia
Liz Leach Murphy has written two guides to living well with Dementia and shares key findings from her research.
The Value of Grief
We cannot truly value life unless we are prepared to accept the pain of losing someone.
The ‘Scarcity’ of Money
Government can create the money we need in order to do the things that really matter.
Support in the Community
Let's concentrate on the right place to live and the right support.
Edward Carpenter and Basic Income
Edward Carpenter explores the case for universal basic income and a world with more joy, beauty and usefulness.
So Toxic It's Toxique!
Language is powerful and we must pay attention to how it's being used and when it's being misused.
Integrated Personal Budgets
Integrated Personal Budgets bring together different resources to help people take control of all their supports.
Remembering Terry Lynch
Terry Lynch was a wonderful man who showed how the principles of independent living apply to everyone.
Third-Party Personal Health Budgets
Third-Party Personal Health Budgets or Individual Service Funds (ISFs) are a key tool for personalising care.
The Urgent Need for Yorkshire Devolution
Regional inequalities in England are caused by growing centralisation of power - this trend can be reversed.
Building a Sustainable Future
Solutions to sustainability require the involvement of all citizens: pooling knowledge, skills and creativity.
Fixing Broken Britain
It is time to abandon the failed dogmas that accelerated social injustice and are breaking Britain apart.
The Learning Disability Challenge
Why would we trust you when you can’t even change the words you use to describe us.
Ecosystems of the Future
No one organisation, leader or solution will make the changes we need, only cooperative interaction.
Care vs Work
Care offers a hopeful alternative to the destructive concept of productive work that is dominant today.
UBI and Homelessness
Reflections on the potential to pilot UBI and reduce homelessness, following a roundtable discussion in Manchester.
We all use acronyms but surely it makes more sense to lose them?
The Path to Community
It's Our Community in Sheffield explored how to reform health and social care from the grassroots.
The Peckham Experiment Re-Imagined
Imagine a place where you can go to discover what is good for you.
Transform Your Language!
Is it really too much trouble just to say or write the words?
Grassroots Policies Briefing 1
Policies for sustainable farming outlined by Anna Pick of Positive Money, Anne Chapman and Jeremy Buxton.
How Much Do People Need to Live On?
The credit finance industry uses a measure of living standards that may be relevant to basic income.
The Social Role of Friend
Rules that restrict friendship between staff and people with disabilities are harmful and irrational.
In Harmony with Nature
We need to radically reimagine ourselves, Nature and the relationship between us.
Persecuting Those in Greatest Need
Toxic welfare policies did not start with the 2010 Coalition Government, many began under New Labour.
A Culture of Cruelty
Thatcherism and neoliberalism has created a toxic culture that targets disabled people for harm.
The End of Family Doctors
Commissioning bodies cannot provide the kind of doctors we want and need.
How We 'Deliver' Peer Support
The People Focused Group empowers people to take back control and then to make their own life choices.
The Seattle 2000 Declaration
The Seattle 2000 Declaration on Self-Determination and Individualized Funding.
Neighbourhood Parliaments and Sociocracy
A short history of sociocracy and the development of the movement of Neighbourhood Parliaments.
Town and Parish Councils
The parish councils of England could be an engine room for real democracy.
Democracy Through the Looking Glass
Democracy should start in our communities, our streets and our neighbourhoods.
Global Standards for Self-Directed Support
The SDS Network has drafted a statement for consultation on best practice on self-directed support.
You Can't Manufacture Doctors
Political talk of solving the NHS recruitment crisis reflects decades of bad policy-making.
Building the Right Support...
Why we are failing to provide the right support to people and what we can do to fix it.
The Failure of NHS Leadership
Have recent leaders of the NHS been wilfully blind or deliberately neglectful of their duties?
Reimagining Disability in Family Life
The ideal of citizenship helps a father reset his relationship with his daughter with disabilities.
30 Years on Citizenship
This article and film reviews the work of Simon Duffy on the topic of citizenship.
DWP on Trial
Neil Carpenter describes the price people with learning difficulties pay for the DWP's welfare reforms.
Self-Directed Support and the Future
Simon Duffy considers some of the emerging trends and how SDS can help us tackle future problems.
Self-Directed Support and System Design
Simon Duffy explores how you design a system of self-directed support that works for everyone.
Self-Directed Support and Citizenship
Simon Duffy argues that self-directed support is a tool for enhancing our citizenship.
My Mental Health
Glyn explains how he manages the voices he hears and how, with help from his peers, he's turned his life around.
Open Letter on Regional Devolution
A letter to Gordon Brown's Commission on Regional Devolution calling for a Citizens' Assembly.
The Challenge of Citizenship
A talk to mark the Launch of Values Into Action Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in 2007.
How to Make Control Work
How can we help people to take control in a system of self-directed support.
The Troubling Health and Care Bill
The Health and Care Bill is a means to undermine the NHS, this is a constitutional crisis.
Do Schools Enable Community?
Are schools actually helping us create better and stronger communities?