Citizen Network members share ideas, stories and writings on how to advance citizenship for real.
Confused Discharge in COVID-19
Alex Leeder argues that the NHS discharge policy was rushed through in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis and will…
COVID-19 and Cleaning the Thames
David Zigmond explores the historical parallels between today and the public health crises of the…
Who's Counting Carers?
Robert Kay expresses his anger at the constant failure to respect or even remember the existence of 7 million unpaid…
Public Spending in Sheffield
Joshua Shepherd analysed public spending in Sheffield in order to understand the impact of the UK's centralised…
Scientists Inform, Leaders Lead
Alain Catzeflis argues that the UK Government's behaviour during the COVID-19 crisis looks worryingly like…
Myths About Work and Mental Health
Anna-Carin Fagerlind Ståhl shows how dangerous myths have evolved that protect government and business from…
COVID-19 versus Leviathan
Bill Jordan explains how pandemics can create fundamental realignments of power and why COVID-19 may finally…
Does COVID-19 mark the end for markets in the NHS?
UK Government response to the COVID-19 is an implicit acknowledgement of the limitations and dangers of a marketised…
COVID-19, The Black Death and Basic Income
Bill Jordan explains why COVID-19, like the Black Death before it, may finally push the current elites to accept the…
The Upstream Response to COVID-19
Dr Simon Duffy sets out some key principles to guide local communities as they develop their response to the COVID-19…
The DWP Fails People with a Learning Disability
Neil Carpenter describes the barriers to justice and economic security created by the DWP's systems.
Talk Shop - Citizens Assemble
Citizens Assemblies are all the rage, but the Talk Shop model offers a low cost and grassroots approach which can…
Buurtzorg and Self-Management
Buurtzorg is a powerful social innovation, started in the Netherlands, which enables self-management and…
Learning from Penzance Citizens Panel
Gavin Barker shares lessons learnt from the recent Penzance Citizens Panel on Housing, Homelessness and Low Pay.
UK Food Banks in 2019
Lizzie Peck provides an overview of the emergence and rapid growth of food banks since the Coalition Government and the…
Steve Griffiths argues that the Institute for Fiscal Studies has failed to be objective in its analysis of Labour's…
Accountancy is not Economics
Steve Griffiths examines the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) critique of of Labour's 2019 Manifesto and discovers…
Why I Wrote Second Class Citizens
Stef Benstead found that many people, like Christian Conservatives, care about poverty but have false beliefs about…
NHS Reform: Money Can't Buy Love
David Zigmond argues that more money alone won't restore the NHS to the values of its birth. The NHS needs more trust,…
Private Firms Can Serve the Public
Gary Wootton explains how the state can overcome the limitations of markets by creating procurement systems that…
The Reform of Social Care Regulation
John Burton explains why the regulation of social care must change its culture and why we need something more human and…
Narrative Approaches and Inclusion
Colin Newton provides an overview of the emerging use of narrative approaches in psychology and their relationship to…
How Are the Children?
Are we achieving the goals set out in 1989 by the UN in The Convention on the Rights of the Child?
When in doubt ask the children
Young people are our best resource, Colin Newton of Inclusive Solutions shares 6 simple steps to encourage inclusion.
Making the Private Sector Serve the Public Good
Gary Wootton argues that we can do so much more to improve society by ensuring that the private sector works to serve the…
The Rights of Nature
Gavin Barker argues that a new constitution for the UK should not just protect human rights, it should also protect the…
End Parliamentary Sovereignty
Gavin Barker sets out the case for limiting the sovereignty of Parliament.
Creating a Veganic Farm
Jo Kidd describes the beginning of her family's journey into veganic farming in Kent.
Universal Engagement and Civic Engagement
Anna Grant argues that Basic Income could be an important policy for increasing democratic and civic engagement by…
Bill of Rights Including Social Rights
Gavin Barker explains why human rights need the full protection of the constitution and why social rights and the right…
Why We Need a Yorkshire Parliament
Simon Duffy gave this talk at the launch of the Campaign for a Yorkshire Parliament, in York on 27th July 2019.
Being a Think Tank in the North
Written for Now Then Magazine, Simon Duffy reflects on the Centre's ten years in Sheffield.
Lobbying for Self-Directed Support
Simon Duffy describes some of the strategies that can be used to shift systems towards the use of self-directed…
Reinventing Social Services
Bob Rhodes argues that social work and social services has been undermined by three decades of failed policy and it's…
Go Deep with Inclusion and Diversity
Facilitators, community leaders, politicians, community builders and activists put their heads and hearts…
Shameful Attack on Disabled People
Brian Collinge explains how the government's failure to update the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for people…
Inclusion Demands Communication
Colin Newton argues that we need low tech, accessible communication systems that can be learned easily by everyone.
We Need to Talk But Not About Brexit
Sheffield's Festival of Debate shows that social progress in the UK only begins when we start talking to each other.
Policed Industrialisation of Healthcare
David Zigmond reflects on the enforced closure of his GP practice and imagines an intelligent dialogue with the forces…
Electric Vehicles: Good or Bad?
Philip Adams provides an introduction to the benefits of using an electric car.
The Long Shadow of Winterbourne
The values of inclusion and person-centredness which must underpin support are being undermined by regulations that…
Childcare Policy and the Economy
Childcare policy in the UK wrongly assumes that professionalised solutions are always best for children and…
Doing the Donut at the G20
Respected economist Kate Raworth shows how sustainability and social justice can be used to evaluate economic…
Mental Health and Continuity of Care
David Zigmond asks the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care whether mental health can be advanced by…
AIREA - Beyond Planning
AIREA is an inclusive retreat which brings together people to find energy and direction fro personal and collective…
Citizen Network in 2019
The idea of Citizen Network is extremely modest and wildly ambitious.
Making Healthcare Human
John Burton interviews David Zigmond and together they explore the growing inhumanity of modern approaches to…
Real Devolution for Yorkshire
The Campaign for a Yorkshire Parliament is about the kind of Yorkshire we want for our children, grandchildren and…