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New report on kindness in public policy resonates with Development Partners' Relational Approach

Julia Unwin CBE (Chair of the Independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society, Carnegie UK Trust Fellow, and former CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation) has authored a new report raising key questions around the role of kindness in public policy and how technological advancements in society could directly affect this in the future.

You can read the full report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy, here.

The report examines 'Two Lexicons of Public Policy'. The 'Rational' lexicon includes terminology relating to value, measurement, and resource implications. The 'Relational' is concerned with feelings, narratives, and identity. The report warns against total reliance on either language, advocating for integration between these two dialogues. This will help to apply rational measurment and evaluation to initiatives that are carried out with kindness and care. 

Our Development Partners and the Relational Approach

At Cripplegate Foundation, we are committed to putting people at the centre of our funding programmes. This is especially evident in the work of our Development Partners, four organisations that reach a diverse range of Islington residents. With funding secured for five years, the Development Partners take a relational approach to working with local people. They are also sharing learning with each other, and encouraged to reflect on the benefits and drawbacks of working in this way. 

You can read more about the Development Partners Programme here.

More details on each Partner can be found using the links below: 


Company Three

Help on Your Doorstep

The Parent House