Now this is good stuff: Everyday Democracy. I've been talking to Tom Bentley about democracy for three or four years now, and we agree on a lot. Good to see Building Everyday Democracy is now the Demos slogan - unity of purpose. At a recent seminar they ran on Governance Futures a usually excellent Demos wonk sold "Governance as Jazz", which for me is precisely the problem - governance today is for the band and the initiates - as an old CIA hand said to me recently, "we used to call that corruption".
I proposed "Governance as 5-a-side Football" instead. Tom is clearly up for a kick-about too. We need to get the leagues going.
To switch sports metaphors seven ways from Saturday: Fatherhood is a hell of a curveball. But it's one worth catching and running with.
I'll report in shortly from the Young Foundation, and from our Transforming Neighbourhoods programme - hopefully part of the five-a-side revolution...