Archives for October 11th, 1999

WEB TO COME OF AGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 1999

Government web sites have been ordered to come of age – with fewer clever gimmicks that users with older machines cannot access – and services as well as information on tap.A new set of guidelines has been issued which should give Government websites a degree of commonality.

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REGULATE AS A LAST RESORT, SAYS TASK FORCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 1999

The Government is still too quick to regulate, says the Better Regulation Task Force.In its annual report the task force says that regulation should be subject to the same scrutiny as creating a new tax or a new public spending initiative.

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FROM SPARE CHANGE TO REAL CHANGE – SOCIAL SECTOR AS BETA SITE FOR BUSINESS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 October, 1999

INNOVATIONKanter R M

Harvard Business Review, (USA), May-Jun 1999 Vol 77 No 3

Start page: 122. No of pages: 11

Considers that significant – rather than superficial – corporate involvement in the social sector helps companies learn to innovate as well as do social good. Notes examples of corporate activity in North America’s education system (Bell Atlantic and IBM), welfare-to-work programmes (Marriott International and United Airlines) and inner-city development (BankBoston). Avers that, to make partnerships work, there must be a clear business agenda, strong partners on both sides, significant resource investment by all parties, a focus on the user community and its needs, the involvement of further organizations with useful skills, and long-term commitment. Quotes benefits accrued by the corporate partners

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