Change the Ending

Change the Ending

Stories that matter: flash fiction about the future of public life

Published: 17th October 2014
Format: Paperback
Extent: 104
ISBN: 978-0-9574981-3-6

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What can fiction offer the public sector? A new perspective? An alternative way of working? Inspiration for the future?

With 42 contributors, many working at a senior level in the public sector, the 350-word stories in this stimulating volume cover topics ranging from financial crisis, immigration and outsourcing, to planning, environmental protection and mobile libraries, by way of superheroes and bees – but all grapple with the complexities of the choices currently facing local government and, crucially, seek to provide alternative scenarios for the future.

This is a deliberately and deeply unusual book. It is a collection with a difference. These are stories that matter.

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What people have said about Change the Ending

“An extraordinary and engaging collection, brimming with commitment, creativity and content! Anyone interested in the future of the public sector should take note of the ideas you’ll find in these stories.”
–Derrick Anderson, Chief Executive of Lambeth Council

“Short, sharp bursts of creative energy for the edification and benefit of others.”
–Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council and President of Solace

“Finding different perspectives on the same issue or just telling an inspiring story are skills that many organisations need.”
–Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

A selection of stories from Change the Ending, plus some new, additional stories, will be appearing on the Shared Press blog.

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