A new report from the RSA, Changemakers: Identifying the key people driving positive change in local areas (PDF, sadly no Kindle edition)…

“‘RSA Changemakers’ says that local authorities and public services should be realistic about people’s capacity to volunteer and that more could be achieved by making better use of the small number of individuals who were already making positive change happen.”

Seems like a sensible appoach, as long as it doesn’t become an excuse to abandon or cut funded volunteering services to/for the most vulnerable. Personally, though, I’d question if the stifling hand of a local Council should be involved in such matters in many circumstances. And especially if such a ‘cherry-picking’ approach might also lend itself to cronyism and nepotism. There might also be the risk of slamming good autonomous people into a depressing wall of local authority healf-n-safety training, over-regulation, and tedious meetings with harried officials, thus having the unintended consequence of actually dispiriting and demotivating them.