Diminishing editorial resources and a lack of training in new media tools are the key challenges facing editorial managers, according to the most detailed survey of editors and senior journalists ever carried out in Australia.
The report Journalism at the Speed of Bytes - Australian newspapers in the 21st century - is about the digital challenge to quality news and newspapers. The research involved interviews with 100 journalists and editors plus independent research on issues such as:
Read it for free here: http://www.walkleys.com/news/7141/
This report focuses on basic neighborhood improvement strategies and lays out strategies for neighborhood revitalization focusing on strengthening community-level and city-wide institutions to support and reinforce success, and regional strategies for equitable housing and community development.
Authors: Peter A. Tatian, G. Thomas Kingsley, Joseph Parilla, Rolf Pendall, the Urban Institute, US.
Download the report here http://www.urban.org/publications/412557.html
MORE - Increasingly, researchers and practitioners recognize the need for neighborhood revitalization policies that improve conditions in neighborhoods where low-income and minority households are concentrated. Although there is a rich literature describing past efforts to revitalize distressed neighborhoods, this literature provides little concrete guidance for today’s policymakers. This What Works framing paper focuses on basic neighborhood improvement strategies and the specific mechanisms at work that provide “levers” for revitalization. The paper lays out strategies for neighborhood revitalization focusing on strengthening community-level and city-wide institutions to support and reinforce success, and regional strategies for equitable housing and community development. This framing paper is part of a series of field-building research agendas produced under the What Works Collaborative.
This report argues that truly transformational public innovation requires creative decommissioning: actively challenging incumbent service models and mindsets to invest properly in new approaches. As public resources are increasingly precious, creative decommissioning will become a critical capability for public services.
Authors: Laura Bunt, Charles Leadbeater
Published by Nesta, The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, UK.
Access full report here: http://www.nesta.org.uk/library/documents/ArtofExit.pdf
MORE - The case studies presented in this report are all examples of attempts at creative decommissioning. These are not all stories of success, nor blueprints for how this is done well. We have come across many examples of brave efforts that have encountered huge opposition or delivered limited change. We have met teams left exhausted by trying to bring about sweeping reform too quickly and without adequate planning.
Nonetheless, strengthening this capability is going to be critical to the public sector for the foreseeable future, as constraints on public finances intensify and the demands on public services continue to grow. This paper is designed to open up the ground for more discussion, research and practice of what constitutes creative decommissioning – to help those using and working in public services to navigate this difficult and contentious space.
The report “Publication cooperation between businesses and the higher education sector in Sweden” from The Swedish Research Council shows that in medicine, publications produced by businesses and universities in cooperation were more frequently cited than publications produced by businesses alone. Other fields of science showed similar patterns.
An English summary is available here, including the full report in Swedish.
The field of social innovation is now beginning to gather momentum, with significant investment from governments, foundations and business. The field combines commitment, experience and energy. But it lacks the systematic and sophisticated infrastructures of support available to other fields. This report sets out a vision of where we want to be ten years from now.
Full report is available for (almost) free, you pay with a tweet: http://socialinnovationeurope.eu/node/3149
This is a contribution to understanding the history, the current context, and the future of the social economy in Canada. It also provides examples of participatory action research and community university partnerships–solidifying the social economy as an area of important academic study, building research capacity amongst practitioners themselves, and moving this work out into the community where it may find wider application to support community development and building a people-centered economy.
Authors: Matthew Thompson and Joy Emmanuel, University of Victoria, Canada.
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This paper argues that without engaging data users in open-data policies effectively, little positive development is likely to be achieved in terms of applicability of data. Open data only has value in its use, and at the moment it seems that the most efficient way of facilitating that use is to: a) Provide more education on the data society, b) Further engage those that are already empowered, c) Encourage third-party sites and initiatives.
Author: Antti Halonen, The Finnish Institute, London.
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In this publication, long distance goods transport and strategies for green corridors through the Øresund and Europe are studied, multi-criteria models for analysis in transport and infrastructural planning are tested, City Logistics and the challenges within urban areas are scrutinised, challenges for fossil free transport systems are analysed, and mobility management in municipalities and use patterns in leisure travel are considered.
Editors: Carl-Magnus Carlsson, Tareq Emtairah, Britta Gammelgaard, Anders Vestergaard Jensen, Aake Thidell
View full report here: http://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/o.o.i.s?id=24732&postid=2429902
The paper examines the role of EU cohesion policy in the field of human resources development and improving conditions for employment. The main objective of the analysis is to present a comprehensive picture about funding opportunities in connection with financing the activities of organisations of the social economy.
Author: Ákos Kengyel, Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of World Economy.
View the full report: http://unipub.lib.uni-corvinus.hu/581/1/Kengyel_wp2012b.pdf
The study will be published in 2012 by Routledge as a chapter in the book “New Forms of Organization in Knowledge-Based Societies – Social Innovation, Non-Profit Organization and Social Entrepreneurship” edited by Carmen Ruiz Vinals.
“Frugal innovation” is the idiom applied to a sweeping revolution in public service design and delivery. The term is used in India and other developing economies to describe innovatino that minimises costs by creating frugal solutions to deliver improved or previously non-existent public service.
Authors: Shalabh Kumar Singh, Ashish Gambhir, Alexis Sotiropoulos and Stephen Duckworth.
Published by the Serco Institute that aims to foster the development of sustainable public service markets through an outward-facing programme of research and communication.
View the full report here: http://www.serco.com/Images/FrugalInnovation_tcm3-39462.pdf
“For insights important to Western economies gleaned from the new perspectives developed by Indian Social Enterprises”