Total Place

Posted on May 27th, 2010

Places, people and politics: Learning to do things differently

The Leadership Centre has a launched a new publication that tells the story of those involved in Total Place. Places, people and politics: Learning to do things differently draws on interviews with over 100 people from different parts of the system in which participants were asked:

Given that the Total Place approach is in its early stages, what experiences over the past six to nine months have made you think that Total Place shows promise as a way of creating greater public value. And what experiences have made you less hopeful?

As the public sector enters a new era, the ability to develop a collective understanding and learn quickly so that we can act effectively with wisdom is critical. At the Leadership Centre for Local Government, we believe that the process of review is important to learning, especially when working in difficult times and towards new challenges.

We commissioned this learning history to give those people who participated in Total Place the space to consciously reflect on their experiences. We hope this resulting learning history gives them, and others embarking on whole area working, the opportunity to consider the experiences of others.

This publication has been described as being “as close as you can get to doing it” – it supplements the outcome-focused reports published so far by helping to highlight what has been achieved and learnt on a more personal level.

Download the full document as a PDF here.

Download the Learning History Workshop slidepack.

We would like to thank Jane Allen and the team at Harthill for their work on this publication. For more information about their work visit

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