mattcm Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

Digital producer, agile practitioner, scrum master. Pursuing sustainable democracy and social change.

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Could you live with this lot?

Sometimes pictures can say it far better than words… Thanks to the amazing people at Dare for all their hard work with this....
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Vote for Policies 2015 is live!

After a few months of hard graft from agency UVD we’ve gone live – and it’s great to see the service up and running. In the first day, over 30,000 users did the survey and we’ve had loads of feedback, so we can make some tweaks before really kicking off the marketing campaign in mid...
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You don’t have to build software to be Agile

A brief intro to Agile and some case studies about scrum for non-technical teams, including sales, marketing, hr and finance. ...
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We did it! Over 900 backers for our successful crowd funding campaign

There were moments when I thought we weren’t going to make it…but the last few days saw an incredible push from our supporters to bring us way over the finish line – our aim was for £20,000 and we made a whopping £23,551. http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/voteforpolicies We’ve had such amazing support for our campaign since we began...
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To create a sustainable democracy, we need greater transparency on policies

Originally published on www.blueandgreentomorrow.com on May 30th 2014 A sustainable democracy is transparent, accountable and representative. We can change ours by voting for policies at elections – and not personalities. A sustainable democracy adapts to the changing demands of an active electorate. In a sustainable democracy, we would expect to see voter turnout rates consistently...
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Facts

If you’re one of those people who tends to let the facts get in the way of your opinion, you’ll find this interesting. This is how much we actually spend on Housing Benefit, Incapacity Benefit and Jobseekers Allowance – as a percentage of the UK government’s total spend. Mouse over the pie chart for data…...
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Four ways to scale your social enterprise

Something for all my social entrepreneurial friends out there. It’s Bill Shore of Share Our Strength, giving his ideas for how to scale up your organisation (or just keep going) and break out of reliance on the usual funding model. The talk was at TEDxMidAtlantic Be Fearless. There are some brilliant ideas here – may...
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What can digital do for politics? Just ask the user

A few thoughts from the Parliament Week event put on by the RSA entitled ‘Do We Get The Politics We Deserve?’. The main event was a panel discussion with author Matthew Flinders, Gloria De Piero (MP for Ashfield) and Nadhim Zahawi (MP for Stratford-on-Avon, and founder of YouGov). There then followed some mini-workshops, one of...
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Patchwork – technology working for change

Every now and then you see something so inspiring that you just need to share it. Patchwork is one of those things.  Designed by the team at Futuregov, it helps practitioners across multiple agencies access the contact details of other front line staff working with the same clients – improving communication and strengthening collaboration. The...
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Using digital to solve migrant youth issues

Last weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in Undoc Camp, looking at ways in which digital can help solve problems faced by undocumented migrant youths. The event was organised by On Road Media, who expertly brought together people from the legal, digital and migrant sectors and, crucially, young migrants who have experienced first hand...
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Tax avoidance or tax aversion? Why we need a vision

The investigation into the K2 tax avoidance scheme prompted understandable outrage. But rather than questionning the morality of the individuals involved, it would be more useful to ask why people try to pay less tax in the first place. Less about individual tax avoidance, more about our society-wide tax aversion. It’s a serious issue –...
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Stop talking about income equality – start explaining it

As debates continue to rage over public service cuts, bankers’ bonuses, and tax avoidance, the call for greater income equality is coming from some unlikely sources, especially politicians attempting to reassure a sceptical public that we’re all on the same side. While it sounds like a good thing (anything to do with equality is good,...
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Is how we talk the key to a better future?

When I started this blog I knew my knowledge of social and behavioural sciences was (at best) rudimentary but I assumed I was at least aware of the main subject areas to look into. Or so I thought, until I read Difficult Conversations: How To Discuss What Matters Most by three authors who work for...
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Mindset for change – Muhammad Yunus and the social business

In 2010 Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, gave a talk at the RSA entitled ‘Building Social Business’. It’s an inspiring talk, and among his many insightful comments he describes the social business as simply an alternative – rather than an opponent – to the organisations whose policies or services (in this case, lending money)...
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What One Change?

I have a question for you. It’s the question behind the purpose of this blog. What ONE change would have the biggest positive impact on our society? Here are some pointers: Firstly… think big! This is about root causes – big ideas that change society. You don’t have to know how to implement your idea...
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The problem with happiness

“There is a paradox at the heart of our lives. Most people want more income and strive for it. Yet as Western societies have got richer, their people have become no happier.” So says Richard Layard in his 2006 book Happiness: Lessons from a New Science.  But the problem is not income, nor it’s addictive...
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Political manifestos should be legally binding

Finally I get the platform I dreamed of… If you haven’t heard of his Radio 4 program before, comedian and activist Mark Thomas is creating a People’s Manifesto, taking suggestions from his studio audience and then getting them to vote for the best. Although I initially submitted my policy suggestion as a joke in order...
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The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter

So said Winston Churchill, apparently. Was he right? It’s not difficult to see his point, let’s be honest. I say this because I include myself in the ‘average voter’ category. In fact, as someone who would struggle to tell you what the main political parties actually stand for (I mean really stand for) I wonder...
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Different problems, common roots.

In an earlier post, I described a desire to see societal issues tackled by identifying the root of the problem. To reiterate this point I’d like to draw from The Spirit Level which describes this approach much more convincingly. To quote directly… “The health and social problems which we have found to be related to...
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Inequality – the root of all (social) evil?

As a surprisingly direct response to my previous post, the path to a better society may well lie in some incredible research published earlier this year in a book called The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better. The book establishes, with alarmingly comprehensive evidence, that economically unequal countries have more of...
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What’s the question?

The problems that matter most to me are societal – based on basic social / human needs. It seems indisputable to me that these types of problems are; problems that impact us all not necessarily problems in every society problems because our society doesn’t have a system in place to address them properly Those, surely,...
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Greetings readers!

Hello cyberspace chums. I’m thoroughly delighted to declare this blog well and truly launched! Gawd bless her, and all who read her. I’m using this space to learn and share knowledge about societal issues, in the hope that we can improve The Way We Live by pooling our collective knowledge and experience. Most importantly I’m...
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