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Phillip Blond debates at Radio 3's "Free Thinking" Festival, November 7th

ResPublica's Director will be participating in Radio 3's ideas festival, Free Thinking, taking place in Gateshead November 5-7. This series of lectures, debates, interviews and performances will be recorded in front of a live audience, for broadcast during the station's "Night Waves" slot in subsequent weeks.

Phillip Blond will be discussing "Global Religion" in a debate to be held on the afternoon of Sunday, November 7th. This will consider religion from a political, theological and international perspective, and respond to such questions as:

  • Are world religions possible?

  • Is Christianity is essential to Europe?

  • Is it possible to understand Europe without reference to Christianity?

  • Is Europe out of step with the rest of the world in its attitudes toward religion?

  • Does the primacy of religion elsewhere world mean the world is in for

    05 November 2010

Phillip Blond at invitation-only Wilton Park conference, "Dialogue with China on Harmonious Society"

In advance of the Prime Minister's visit to China, Wilton Park is hosting a major 4-day conference in co-operation with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Chatham House, with support from Rio Tinto and the Ford Foundation. Its purpose will be to explore the current debate within China how to achieve a 'harmonious society' within a 'harmonious world' and to exchange thinking on how the shock waves generated by the credit crunch may be turned to positive effect in terms of restructuring economies and employment to deliver productive, harmonious societies. Phillip Blond's theme will be 'China's Civil Society; The UK's Big Society - A Golden Age for Development?'

Other speakers tackle topics such as

  • What are the implications for business and financial sectors?

  • What can be done to improve market access and rebalance towards domestic consumption?

  • What are the appropriate g

    04 November 2010 13:00 - 13:00 Wiston House
    West Sussex BN44 3DZ

Phillip Blond speaks at "Love Norfolk 2010 - Building Norfolk’s Big Society"

On November 3rd, the Norfolk Community Foundation - recognised as one one of the most successful foundations in rising to the entepreneurship challenge at grassroots level - will be holding an event focusing on how the localities should respond to the 'Big Society' objectives outlined by David Cameron. 300+ guests, representing business, the third sector and local government are expected to attend.

Following a welcome from The Rt Revd Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich, the lessons to be gleaned from Norfolk's experience will be considered under four themes: 'Big Success', 'Big Norfolk', 'Big Society' and 'Big Future'. Phillip Blond will explore the meaning of the term ‘Big Society' and its implications for voluntary groups, grant makers and local communities.

03 November 2010 18:00 - 18:00

Phillip Blond addresses Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) Seminar,"Heart of the Community"

ResPublica Director Phillip Blond will be speaking at this Association of Convenience Stores event. He will be giving an update on the current ResPublica/ ACS project, which focuses on what government can do to support a more competitive retail market.

02 November 2010 10:00 - 10:00

Associate Director Matt Leach urges Government to fully embed 'Big Society' ethos into Healthcare reform

'New' NHS agenda still dominated by traditional relationships between bureaucrats and professionals

02 November 2010 00:01 - 00:00

Phillip Blond addresses CIPFA Conference "Local Government Finance Developments – planning for the major new agenda"

Phillip Blond, Director of ResPublica, today (October 26th) speaks to a major conference hosted by CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy), which will be attended by senior finance and policy leaders from local authorities in England and Wales.

Chaired by John Butler, the event will focus on answering the thorny question of how best to meet key practical challenges faced by local government finance professionals in the current climate of austerity. Specific topics include:

  • The Coalition Government's plans -- what does this mean for local government finance?

  • The financial challenges brought by the ‘Big Society'

  • The crucial financial questions facing our top managers: learn from the leaders

  • The future of local authority audit and performance assessment

  • Addressing the major area that chief executives and finance directors must

    26 October 2010 08:30 - 08:30

ResPublica features on BBC's "Politics Show"

Phillip Blond discusses the Transition Fund for charities

25 October 2010 15:42 - 00:00

Matt Leach speaks at Health care and the Big Society event

ResPublica's Associate Director and Head of the Health, Housing and Environment Unit Matt Leach will be speaking at the King's Fund event on health care and the big society.

For more information please visit the King's Fund website:

20 October 2010 07:30 - 07:30 London

Greg Fisher speaks at Fit for Living Network Meeting

ResPublica's Chief Economist Greg Fisher will be speaking at a meeting of the 'Fit for Living Network' on social and financial innovation, the Big Society and a UK Community Reinvestment Act.

For more information please visit the Fit for Living website:

14 October 2010 08:00 - 08:00

Phillip Blond speaks at RIBA Research Symposium 2010: Does Beauty Matter?

ResPublica Director Phillip Blond will be speaking at the RIBA Research Symposium.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will be holding its fifth annual research symposium on 23 September 2010, focusing upon one of the basic principles of architecture: beauty.

Architecture is often judged on its success in creating beauty, yet beauty is a slippery, uncomfortable and divisive subject. It is both a universal good and an enduring source of controversy, but what does it really mean?

As a society we are uneasy about discussing beauty, both on an individual and a professional level. The word rarely features in modern political discourse, and the concept can be dismissed as arbitrary, subjective, unnecessary, unaffordable, or elitist. Debates purporting to be about the beauty of the built environment often turn out, on closer inspection, to be about style, taste or political symbolism.

So how can beauty be both understood and applied? Do beau

23 September 2010 14:50 - 00:00

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Markets for the Many: Banks have a responsibility to lend to deprived communities

Peter Kelly, Business Development and Marketing Director at Unity Trust Bank, calls for a Community Reinvestment Act to drive much needed investment into under-served markets to promote enterprise, jobs and social cohesion.

26 By Peter Kelly