Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The perfect gift? How about an end to loneliness – and not just at Christmas | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian

The driving force behind these projects is Participle, a social enterprise which aims to reimagine the entire public realm. Co-founder Hilary Cottam, named designer of the year in 2005 for innovative work on health, schools and prisons, says Southwark Circle came about by doing what public services so rarely do: listening to the public. Rapidly she came to realise that older people rejected both the old 1950s state and 1980s market models. "They didn't want to be needy recipients, but nor did they want to be passive consumers."
The perfect gift? How about an end to loneliness – and not just at Christmas | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian
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