UK agency bans 100 words

June 21, 2008 at 10:26 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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The blogosphere is just picking up on the December, 2007 announcement by the British Local Government Association of its decision to ban 100 words from the lexicon of its members. The list includes favorites such as outcomes, enhance and facilitate. The full list awaits after the jump…

Here’s the press release if you don’t believe me.

Ambassador – leader
Agencies –
Beacon – leading light
Best Practice – best way
Bottom-Up – listening to people
CAAs – Why use at all?
Can do culture – get the job done
Capacity –
Capacity building enough room in
the system
Cascading – Why use at all?
Cautiously welcome – devil in the
Champion – best
Citizen empowerment – people
Community engagement – getting
people involved
Conditionality – Why use at all?
Consensual – everyone agrees
Contestability – Why use at all?
Core Message – main point
Core Value – belief
Coterminosity – all singing from the
same hymn sheet
Coterminous – all singing from the
same hymn sheet
Cross-cutting – everyone working
Customer – people/person
Democratic mandate/legitimacy –
elected to put people first
Distorts spending priorities –
ignores people’s needs
Early Win – success
Empowerment – people power
Engagement – working with people
Engaging users – getting people
Enhance – improve
Evidence Base – research shows
External challenge – outside
Facilitate – help
Fast-Track – speed up
Flexibilities and Freedoms – more
power to do the right thing
Framework – guide
Fulcrum – pivot
Good Practice – best way
Governance – Why use at all?
Guidelines – guide
Holistic – taken in the round
Holistic governance – Why use at
Improvement levers – using the
tools to get the job done
Incentivising – incentive
Income/funding Streams –
Initiative – idea
Joined up – working together
Joint working – working together
LAAs – Why use at all?
Service users – people
Level Playing Field –
Localities – places/town/city/village
consultation/dialogue – talking to
MAAs – Why use at all?
Menu of Options – choices
Multi-agency – many groups
Multidisciplinary – many
Outcomes – results
Output – results
Participatory – joining in
Partnerships – working together
Pathfinder – Why use at all?
Peer challenge – Why use at all?
Performance Network – Why use
at all?
Place shaping – creating places
where people can thrive
Predictors of Beaconicity – No idea
Preventative services – protecting
the most vulnerable
Priority – most important
Process driven – shouldn’t
everything be people driven?
Quick Hit – success
Quick Win – success
Resource allocation – money going
to the right place
Revenue Streams – money
Risk based – safest way
Scaled-back – cut/reduce
Scoping – work out
Seedbed – idea
Shared priority – all working
Signpost – point in the direction of
Single Point of Contact –
everything under one roof
Slippage – delay
Social contracts – deal
Stakeholder – other organisations
Step Change – improve
Strategic/overarching – planned
Streamlined – efficient
Subsidiarity – federal (still not great
Sustainable – long term
Sustainable communities –
environmentally friendly
Symposium – meeting
Synergies – what use at all?
Tested for Soundness – what
Third sector – charities and
voluntary organisations
Top-Down – ignores people
Transparency – clear
Transformational – change
Value-added – extra
Vision – ideal/dream/belief
Visionary – as above
Welcome – necessary and
needed/step in the right direction


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