Kafka Brigade retreat, summer 2012

August 27, 2012 News No Comments

Every six months, members of the Kafka Brigade get together to share our experiences, reflect on our learning and consider how best to deliver public value over the coming six months. This summer’s retreat was in Haarlem, Netherlands. It’s always a fascinating time and we draw inspiration from what colleagues have achieved, as well as hearing […]

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UNDP blogs about the Kafka Brigade

March 12, 2012 News No Comments

Delighted that our materials are getting out and about – see this blog for evidence! http://europeandcis.undp.org/blog/2012/02/20/kafka-brigade-for-development/

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Great post from welovelocalgovernment blog

Have to share this great blog from welovelocalgovernment about how difficult it is  – but also how important – to challenge decisions and ideas suggested by people who are officially more senior than you. The analogy to parent – child relationships is great. Spotted a link to the blog on the Guardian’s Society Daily subscription […]

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The Observer: a fresh idea that can help change our world

December 7, 2011 Homepage Promos,News 1 Comment

  The Kafka Brigade has been highlighted by The Observer as one of a handful of fresh “ideas that can help save the world”. We’re flattered to be cited amongst some great projects! Please see here for the full article.                            

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Bronx Man Living a Kafkaesque Nightmare Because of Birth Certificate Mistake

November 9, 2011 News No Comments

Another lovely little vignette about a Kafkaesque situation, this time from the (Greenwich) Village Voice blog. What happens if a mistake is made on your birth certificate…? Read on to find out… http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/08/bronx_man_livin.php

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Kafka Brigade report welcomed by Minister and conference

November 8, 2011 News No Comments

The Kafka Brigade’s recent report for Community Housing Cymru was welcomed by Welsh Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths AM, at a conference last week. Our report highlighted a series of opportunities for further joint working between social housing providers and NHS Wales. The conference and our report were covered by the Western Mail too – see […]

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The universality of alienation

February 1, 2011 News Comments Off on The universality of alienation

Just read a blog post in the Creative Review which describes Kafka’s literature as inspiring in readers “… the feeling of the universality of their own alienation”. A great phrase. It captures the essence of what the Kafka Brigade finds over and over again: that the alienation vividly described in individual’s stories is shared by […]

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Prisoners on parole face “kafkaesque” situation

November 8, 2010 News No Comments

Here at the Kafka Brigade, we’ve noticed that the term “Kafkaesque” is popping up more often in debates on British public services. This Guardian article is one such example: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/oct/31/prisoners-left-in-limbo-parole. As we notice other striking examples, we’ll post them here.

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Domestic abuse project in RCT wins Excellence Wales Award

October 12, 2010 News No Comments

Newsflash! We’re delighted that the project team in Rhondda Cynon Taf have been singled out for praise, winning an Excellence Wales award for their Kafka Brigade – supported project to improve services for victims of domestic abuse. Excellence Wales is an initiative led by the Welsh Local Government Association, supported by the Welsh Assembly Government […]

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A busy June

June 30, 2010 News No Comments

June has proved a busy and productive month for Kafka Brigade UK. We have supported teams in Newport and Merthyr Tydfil on collective performance reviews to improve how local services respond to domestic abuse, and we’re now starting an exciting new project with the Edinburgh Colleges. We remain committed to learning and improving the Kafka […]

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