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So what is One Team Government?

At its heart, it’s a community (join it here and see the bottom of this post), united and guided by a set of principles. Together, we are working to create a movement of reform through practical action.

The community is made up of people who are passionate about public sector reform (we deliberately want this to be wider than just government), with the emphasis on improving the services we offer to citizens and how we work. We believe the public sector can be brilliant, and we’re committed to making it so.

You don’t have to work for government to be in the community, nor be a public servant in the wider sense, nor indeed be in the UK; we need diverse perspectives, with people of all sectors, areas and interests helping. We think we’re unstoppable if we work together.

The backstory

By Kit Collingwood-Richardson

On 29th June 2017, 186 people came together in London to talk about how we could work across disciplines to make government more effective.

Three months before that I heard James Reeve talk about making policy and delivery the same thing.

I realised that there are ‘policy profession’ events or ‘service design’ events, but nowhere we could get together to break down barriers and talk about shared problems and goals. This creates mistrust and antipathy, and means that siloed thinking can thrive.

I wanted to change that. I wanted a place where anyone, regardless of their profession, discipline or background, could come to talk about government:

  • giving better advice
  • offering better services, or
  • being a better place to work.

I want to be part of reforming government for the benefit of citizens, with a focus on making it fit for the internet age. I got a team together to arrange the 29th June event, with these simple ideas in mind. We called the event One Team Government.

But since then our thinking has evolved. We want this to go beyond a single event: we want One Team Government to be a lasting movement, a positive player in public sector reform.

Below are our current ideas on what we want it to be. We’d love your help shaping them up.