Welcome to Guerilla PolicyPosted: June 1, 2012
Welcome to our new website – and if you’re new here, to our project as well.
This is the next stage of what began as the ‘New Think Tank’ project to improve social policy by involving practitioners and the public.
We launched the project on 1st January this year with a blog site and a Twitter feed. Since then we’ve had nearly 13,000 hits on the blog, picked up more than 1,100 Twitter followers, and received national and international media attention. We’ve recruited a project team – and chosen a name that we think expresses what we’re about.
The interest, encouragement and support we’ve received so far has convinced us that there’s the potential here to build a powerful movement of people and organisations who use and provide public services, working together to create better social policy.
But we always said that we wanted to develop this project in a very different way to a traditional think tank – openly, collaboratively and from scratch – in line with our mission to make policy research and development a collaborative activity open to all. This work continues here. Over the next few months we’ll be designing and developing Guerilla Policy in public, and for everyone.
We know already that there are lots of obstacles to making this project a success – financial, technological, organisational, and just the sheer hard graft of creating something new. But the biggest barrier of all, the largely unspoken obstacle, is probably fear – fear that we don’t know as much as the self-proclaimed experts who went to the ‘right’ schools and use the ‘right’ language, fear that we don’t have the right to create better policy, fear that we’ll look foolish and that no-one else will agree with us.
We’ll do our best to make this a place without fear. The rest is up to you – so step-up, make it yours, and join the movement for better social policy.
You can get involved by:
- Posting comments on this blog;
- Visiting our Facebook page (and formerly New Think Tank);
- Connecting with us on LinkedIn (Guerilla Policy);
- And on Google+ (Guerilla Policy);
- Following us on Twitter: @guerillapolicy (and formerly @newthinktankuk).