How can we tackle unconscious bias?

When I heard that the government had pulled the plug on unconscious bias training, I remember thinking that it felt like a backwards step. But a review found limited evidence that it creates behaviour change, and could even lead to "unintended negative consequences.” So, what was going on there that meant not only was it not very effective, but could actually be making things worse?

Goodbye bureaucracy

Any project in a local authority setting has a certain degree of bureaucracy. And that’s good, bureaucracy makes sure people are kept in the loop, makes sure services are fit for purpose, makes sure we are accountable and transparent. But bureaucracy can also make our workdays too long, frustrate us and distract us from our, and the organisation’s, motivation.

How quiet voices become superpowers

This post is a bit of a departure from our usual content, but I hope you’ll allow me some shameless plugging. I was recently shortlisted for a ‘women in government’ writing competition with Apolitical which means I have now been published on their website. I write about how what feels like our biggest disadvantage as women, being talked over, interrupted and underestimated, can be transformed into our biggest power.