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Issue Date:- 5 May 2008

The future is networks

RESEARCH released has revealed a change in attitude towards networks and networking with 68% of people expect to be part of more networks in 5 years time. With this figure rising to 75% in the 25 to 44 age group, the survey by international leadership development organisation Common Purpose, suggests greater recognition of the value of networks by generations Y and X.

Furthermore, the research suggests that one of the reasons why the trend for networking continues to grow and diversify is that it is seen as more than a social activity. It found widespread confidence in the benefits of networking as a professional boost, with almost 2/3rds of respondents saying that networks are important to their career success. What makes a network valuable however, and how people decide which to use and with what frequency, could be a question on many busy professionals’ minds.

Common Purpose welcomes these results as it launches Common Purpose 360, a new way for its diverse network of 25,000 Common Purpose graduates to keep in touch and to keep building new networks with other people where they live and work. The community, which will exist online and also come together face to face at local events, is designed to help the graduates continue to develop as outward-facing professionals. The network will consist of managers and executives of all ages, experiences, sectors, and backgrounds from several countries including the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland and South Africa.

Common Purpose encourages people to actively seek out diverse networks as a way of hearing new ideas, seeking new perspectives and spotting new opportunities. It believes that seeing the world through the eyes of others can have career-enhancing benefits as well as bring innovation back into organisations.

Julia Middleton, Chief Executive of Common Purpose says:- “Nothing happens without networks. They are fundamental to the success and security of businesses, and present an opportunity for people to see each other’s issues, spot new ideas and see the risks that are not simply confined to one department, organisation, community or even country. We need to encourage more new networks so people can gather ideas and start to grab the opportunities that emerge from working together. ”

Top tips for creating valuable networks:-

► Developturbulentas well as supportnetworks. The people in your turbulent network will tell you the truth, even when you don’t want to hear it.

► Ensure that the purpose of the network is not to exclude others, and build a network that is bigger than the individuals involved.

► Step forward at a networking opportunity and actively seek to meet new people: Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.

► Practice taking the trouble to introduce people to each other properly, which allows you to move on to talk to someone else.

► Set yourself targets - how many new people are you going to meet and how many old relationships will you nurture? Seek the views of someone you wouldn’t normally - can you see things from their point of view?


ARTISTS working in any medium are invited to submit an expression of interest to create a new Liverpool Map as part of an Open Culture initiative.

The people of Merseyside and those with Liverpool connections worldwide are deciding where they think the boundaries of Liverpool really lie, geographically, historically and culturally. The results gathered will contribute towards the source material for the Liverpool Map artwork, which will go on display in the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in 2010. The map could embrace local, national and international areas, highlighting Liverpool’s global influences.

The artist fee for the creation of the new Liverpool map is £20,000, not including materials and installation costs.   The project is supported by National Museums Liverpool, Open Culture, Liverpool Culture Company and Phil and Alexis Redmond.

Phil Redmond said:- “The Liverpool Map will be a lasting legacy for the city and is a great opportunity for an artist to leave their work as a reminder in years to come of how people in Merseyside saw themselves, culturally, geographically and historically.  As such this is not just open to established artists but those starting their careers and wanting to make a real impact.”

Georgina Young, Head of Social History at National Museums Liverpool… "The Liverpool Map is an exciting chance to commission an artwork for Liverpool and its people. It will be right at home in the Museum of Liverpool, exploring people's experiences of living here and capturing the unique global reach of the city's history and identity.  I can't wait to find out the results of the global poll and see people's creative ideas."

Details of how to submit an expression of interest and requirements can be found on the National Museums website - deadline 30 June 2008.

Possible new accommodation at hospitals

IN an attempt to improve the accommodation it provides for junior doctors and other resident staff, Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has joined forces with Cosmopolitan Housing Group in a project that would see approximately 260 properties being built over both the Southport and Ormskirk sites. Of these, 124 will be managed by Cosmopolitan Housing Association. If planning permission is obtained, it would see a mix of affordable houses, key worker accommodation and market houses being built.

If the plans are approved, it would mean the Trust providing land at both Ormskirk and Southport on which Cosmopolitan would then build and operate the accommodation as social landlords. There is clearly no date for starting the project yet, but it could not start until 2010 at the earliest in Southport although it is hoped it might be sooner at Ormskirk.

Sir Ron Watson, Trust Chairman said:- "It is still very early days yet, but we are in discussions with the Council to determine the best way to bring this project to fruition as ultimately it will provide 1st class accommodation for our junior doctors and resident staff."

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