Hi All
 
Matt Scott has just submitted his PhD thesis:
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"The Role of Community Development in the Modernising Local Government Agenda, with Specific Reference to the Local Democratic Deficit."
 
It's attached it below so you can download it and read it at you lesure and forward it to whoever else you think might be interested.
 
Congratulations Matt, from all of us. We're proud of you mate.
 
Cheers, Joe

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Hi Matt

Your PhD is great!

I'm doing something similar but different with complexity tools.

If you're interested in hearing more, please drop me a line

david.large@northumbria.ac.uk

Best

David

Hi David - thanks for the feedback; my colleague / collaborator Eileen Conn (Peckham) has written on complexity and Cd / activism and raised my awareness of complexity and its uses for CD; also Alison Gilchrists's work; so am def interested in this although I see more reactionary uses deployed by RSA as a gloss for social control / behaviour change; anyways will email you on yr email provided and feel free to share any material if appropriate, all best Matt

David Large said:

Hi Matt

Your PhD is great!

I'm doing something similar but different with complexity tools.

If you're interested in hearing more, please drop me a line

david.large@northumbria.ac.uk

Best

David

Matt and colleagues. Brilliant stuff and I knew, and admired, Marjorie Mayo many years ago (and give her my regards if she still remembers me) through links with the Assoc. of Community Workers, the Federation and others. Not to mention my thirty years living on the Downham estate and I like very much their on-line discussions. During these years a few of us have been involved, as we all age, with trying unsuccessfuly to bring about a debate around community social work. Which, of course, if we ever manage to rescue CD theory and practice from your present, and very accurate, analyses seems to me, from a grass-roots upwards strategy to contain, at least, some hopeful complementary directions. These include such initiatives as the Bromley-by-Bow.healthcentre, family conference group thinking which is attempting to take an important secondary role vis-a-vis people on the receiving ends of services being resourced and encouraged to deal with their own child care and family problems, exploring the helpfulness of thought-through brokerage systems, post-credit union/neighourhood banking pilot schemes, localisation as a more radical choice, social enterprises in spite of, sadly, failing to work together and certainly the early examples of direct payments and personal budgeting. Communitarily, as my Spanish psychiatrist friend reminds us here in Cambridge, touching upon his past connections with Maxwell-jones and therapeutic communities. (humberstone@pop3.poptel.org.uk - which used to be, remember them, a cooperative...)

Thanks Peter - Marj was fantastically supportive as one of my two supervisors.  I've not checked out any recent Downham on line discussions but it was an area I was very aware of whern I worked in Lewisham as a CD worker - don't think they benefited that much from Downham Pride SRB and related partnerships, whereas plenty of things got done in Bellingham who took a strong community activist approach.  Social work and CD would def be a complementary diretion - poss with SWAN and those prepared to take a structural analysis of social problems.  Like many people I've been to Bromley by bow a few times over the years and their linking up of services is a good way into the community; in fact for me the potential of neighbourhood management was never realised - joining up services locally at the behest and control of residents.  The therapeutic nature of communities is another rich vein - puts me in mind of Richard Sennett's warnings of community as the dangerous pronoun (we) but also of Freire and dialogue as transformation.  I think what I enjoy most about community work is creating an open agenda which is what I used to get when involved in workers cooperatives back in the day - best wishes

Matt. Great to hear from you and it took me back to my youth at the Downham secondary school in Goudhurst Road where I was never quite certain that I was in the 'central school' mode. And, again, my dad worked at the Fellowship Inn as a barman for many years and I've often wondered if the Tate and Lyle factory, where we used to return jam jars for a penny in the war years, as well as Bellingham baths, is still around.' But enough of these years past or I'll soon be quoting Eliot about time present and time future. What can we do to keep oldies like me, somewhat marooned in Cambridge although we have recently succeeded over twenty years in persuading the city council to open a credit union/neighbourhood banking resource, alive and well and using our ample time before the Gt Reaper knocks on the door involved with the theory and practice of community development and community social work? Any ideas welcomed and do keep us all informed about that great piece of research and any future meetings. Cooperatively. Peter Durrant. 01223 415597.

Hi Peter; apols for delay - not been checking my natcan site properly - will give you a bell soon

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