There are four kinds of designer or innovator, each with their own style. No style is right; each has its merits and its limitations.
The challenge of genuine social innovation and welfare reform is to figure out how to make the 'good idea' be more than a 'good idea'.
Good education implies freedom - faith in the unfolding of human potential.
Solzhenitsyn observes that the poison of power is deadly for those who believe in nothing but themselves.
Successful social innovation requires an understanding of the fundamental forces at work and the flow of time and history.
Alexis de Tocqueville observes that early American federalism assumed one starts with the small and builds to the large and it was based on religious and moral principles.
Lincoln's "best sort of principle" seems worth remembering, even if it's insufficient on its own.
Lao Tzu's vision of leadership is rooted in a faith in the Tao and this faith is critical to the realisation of true leadership.
Scripture teaches us that we need to think carefully about both how we give and our need to give.
Hadrian thinks he wants to see God. But he cannot conceive of God as anything but the greatest of idols - something else in the world with power over us.
The idea that God must remove the wicked from his sight means that he is prepared to overlook all our sins. This is mercy.
We need perspective, communication and a kind of humility in the face of a complex reality which will always somehow escape our grasp.
What kind of permissions do the leaders of a meritocratic welfare state seek from us before they act?
The struggle for democracy offers us a parallel to the struggle for decent welfare reform. Without this struggle political systems tend to autocracy and elitism.
In the Jewish and Christian tradition we are all too aware that we need God to stop short of the demands of strict justice and that mercy must subdue God's proper wrath.