Welcome to Guerilla Policy

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.

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One Comment on “Welcome to Guerilla Policy”

  1. Jon Johannsson says:

    Working in debt advice, I think something really needs to be done to reel in short-term money lenders. The fact that payday lenders can charge whatever they want, and often do, is putting some of the most vulnerable people in Britain into a constant cycle of Debt. I was really disappointed when amendment 40 of the the Financial Services was stymied. Interest Rates are capped in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and some parts of the USA, why not here?


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