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Innovate Guest blog: Claire Carpenter, Managing Director, The Melting Pot
What’s the creation story behind every social innovation? Social innovators are often the disrupters, the ones who swim against the tide and question the status quo. We may find them uncomfortable and challenging but these people are also inspiring,...
19 Jan 2015
Discovering Desistance Reforming Attitudes to People who have been in Prison: The Importance of Emotions
We begin 2015 with a guest post from Alejandro Rubio Arnal, who recently graduated with an MSc in Criminology & Criminal Justice. His research project explored the impact of viewing and discussing ‘The Road from Crime’ on attitudes to...
05 Jan 2015
Discovering Desistance Reforming narratives: Is there life after punishment?
Recently, I was invited to give a public lecture for the Sutherland Trust, a Scottish charity that exists to promote and debate psychodynamic ideas and their usefulness in health,  social care and education. My title was the one above — and I had a...
22 Nov 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace TodaysMeet – a simple way to chat online
(Post by Michelle Drumm, Media Manager at IRISS) Face-to-face meetings can be hard on resources. Often there’s just not the time or the money to bring people together. This is especially true for those working in rural areas or those … Continue...
05 Nov 2014
Discovering Desistance DocFest 2014
Last June, I was part of a panel which discussed the making of the Road from Crime and which looked at both documentary-making in general and the documentary I and colleagues are currently making (which is about Thatcherism and crime). The Docfest...
04 Nov 2014
Discovering Desistance Two short films about mentoring and desistance
Ruth Armstrong of the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge Univ has recently made these two films (see below). The first is about how Josh and Jody’s mentoring relationship aids desistance, and the second is a series of reflections of...
31 Oct 2014
Creative Care & Support: Pitlochry Growing care and support in Pitlochry – funding update
The Creative Care & Support project has funded six wonderful projects in Pitlochry from its funding pot of £10,000. We will follow the development of the businesses and projects on this blog. Here is an overview of the projects that have received...
28 Oct 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Learning: the social dimension
I’ll be running a workshop on the social dimensions of learning at Learning Essentials, the  Elearning Alliance conference on Friday 31 October at West Lothian College, Livingston. In a recent blog post Jane Hart notes that social learning is how...
28 Oct 2014
Discovering Desistance Finding desistance based practices in Canada?
Helen Collins is currently travelling in Canada and the US on a Winston Churchill Fellowship. Her fellowship is following-up some research done with the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust into desistance based approaches in community settings. She is...
25 Sep 2014
Just do it! Social media in the workplace Personal learning networks: feedback from the IRISS Challenge
Debbie Lucas is a staff development officer in a local authority social work department. She took part in the IRISS Personal Learning Network Challenge to learn more about using social media both in her own role and to support colleagues. These are her...
02 Sep 2014