Why are we doing this?
Major public service challenges – such as in social care, youth unemployment and long-term health conditions – require people to take action themselves.
The trouble is that many public services fail to work with people’s own sense of purpose and undermine rather than develop the confidence – or ‘self-efficacy’ – people need to take action.
There are people and organisations offering alternatives, and many of them have been doing so for a long time. We are looking for great examples of practical models of how our public services can be dramatically improved, to give people more control of their lives.
What are we doing?
This project is seeking to identify good practice and develop a strategy for amplifying its impact. The findings from this work will be launched in a publication in early 2018.
As part of this, we want to identify people who are interested in joining us to explore how services can become cultivators of purpose and confidence supporting people to take action and transforming lives.
Nesta and Osca have been working in this area for many years. So in 2017 we decided to pool our expertise to try and create a shared vision for change that other people working in this area could be part of, develop and support.