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Alan Thornton commented on joe taylor's page COMMUNITY ORGANISING OR MOBILISING OPPOSITION TO THE CUTS? Update 28 September 2012
"Nick's comments remind me of one of my own occasional personal maxims: destroy what denigrates; create mutual alternatives."
Sep 30, 2012
Alan Thornton commented on Nick Beddow's group Activist’s Welfare Centre
"Personally I find co-counselling a great way of dealing with tough stuff. It is: Reciprocal: co-counsellors take it in equal turns to be client and counsellor. Peer: everyone is equal, there are no "experts" trying to "sort…"
Jun 26, 2012
Alan Thornton commented on joe taylor's group The Peoples Budget
"New advoacy planned in Rhyl (North Wales) and Tilbury (Essex)."
Jun 26, 2012
Alan Thornton joined Toby Blume's group
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Urban Forum

Urban Forum members, friends and partners...come join us discussing the issues that matter.:)See More
May 9, 2012
Alan Thornton joined Jez Hall's group
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Occupy: We are the 99%

A place to discuss and debate the influence and future of the Occupy movement. What has it achieved so far? How does it fit in with other campaigns and movements? What needs to be done if it is going to breakthrough and acheive real and permanent change in society?See More
Apr 24, 2012
Alan Thornton posted an event

Weston super Mare People's Budget workshop at off Bristol Road

May 22, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Are you interested in winning the right for Weston & Somerset residents to have a say in local budgets?Make sure you are part of this energising workshop on getting a much greater say for ordinary people in how public budgets are spent locally.If you think it is your right to have more of a say on how your taxes are spent locally, then this FREE workshop is for you.Billions of pounds of our money are being used by public bodies without any involvement of local people. The People’s Budget is…See More
Apr 11, 2012
Paul Burr replied to Alan Thornton's discussion Some questions to get us going... in the group West North West Leeds
"Some interesting questions here. Surely the whole point of activism is to activate as many as possible in the local areas. The reliance on internet based social media for this activation has it's drawbacks. It isn't exactly 'hyper…"
Mar 26, 2012
Alan Thornton posted an event
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Have a say on how YOUR money is spent at The Old Fire Station

June 18, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Are you annoyed about how your council or housing association is making use of your taxes/rent? Are you interested in winning the right for local people to have a say in local budgets? This workshop will help you understand how participatory budgeting works, identify opportunities for PB to be used by the organisations that run our local services in Thurrock and build confidence to make the case that we have a right to have our say. This training starts with a free buffet so book early to avoid…See More
Mar 26, 2012
Alan Thornton added a discussion to the group West North West Leeds
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Some questions to get us going...

Who is this group for? Is it only for people who are active in community groups - community activists? Are un-affIliated indidviudals welcome? Do public sector officers have a role in the group? What's the point of the group? Why would somebody want to be part of this network. Which area? Are we talking about the following wards: Armley; Bramley & Stanningley; Farnley & Wortley; Calverley & Farsley, Pudsey, and Kirkstall? But not Hyde Park & Woodhouse or Horsforth?See More
Mar 5, 2012
Jill Chadwick and Stacey Jones joined Alan Thornton's group
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West North West Leeds

Community Activists in West and North West Leeds networking. Some face-to-face meetings.See More
Mar 5, 2012
Paul Burr, Nick Beddow and 3 other members joined Alan Thornton's group
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West North West Leeds

Community Activists in West and North West Leeds networking. Some face-to-face meetings.See More
Feb 27, 2012
Alan Thornton posted a group
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West North West Leeds

Community Activists in West and North West Leeds networking. Some face-to-face meetings.See More
Feb 27, 2012
Alan Thornton updated an event

Setting up a West Leeds Community Activists Network at Cardigan Centre

February 22, 2012 from 9:30am to 12pm
(West-Side) Community Activists NetworkWhy?                   There are a wide variety of community associations, third sector agencies and statutory partners working throughout West Leeds to create positive change at neighbourhood level. Many organisations are actively engaged in information sharing and providing networking opportunities but there isn’t a ‘grassroots’ structure in place to enable community activists to meet to debate local priorities, to discuss concerns or to gain influence…See More
Feb 21, 2012
Alan Thornton posted an event

Setting up a West Leeds Community Activists Network at Cardigan Centre

February 28, 2012 from 9:30am to 12pm
(West-Side) Community Activists NetworkWhy?                   There are a wide variety of community associations, third sector agencies and statutory partners working throughout West Leeds to create positive change at neighbourhood level. Many organisations are actively engaged in information sharing and providing networking opportunities but there isn’t a ‘grassroots’ structure in place to enable community activists to meet to debate local priorities, to discuss concerns or to gain influence…See More
Feb 1, 2012
Alan Thornton posted an event

Asset Based Community Development and Participatory Budgeting at Church Action on Poverty's Micah Room

February 14, 2012 from 10:15am to 2:45pm
Asset Based Community Development and Participatory Budgeting: Fellow Travellers on the Road To Real Localism? This practical seminar explores how and why councils and public agencies would benefit from combining Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and Participatory Budgeting (PB), as an essential part of their local engagement, wellbeing and regeneration strategies. Public budgets are under huge pressure, and local authorities struggle to find ways to enable communities and involve…See More
Jan 19, 2012
Alan Thornton commented on joe taylor's group The Peoples Budget
"Liverpool, Tameside, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Sheffield and Norfolk local authorities have done PB across the whole of their geographical areas. There may be some police authorities too."
Nov 22, 2011

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At 15:25 on June 30, 2011, Simon Skidmore said…

Hello Alan, 

I would be delighted to have a chat further with you about it. The best time to contact me would be tomorrow afternoon as I am away from the office then until Monday 11th July. please e-mail me on infocensthelens@gmail.com 

At 11:30 on June 30, 2011, Andy Benson said…

Alan - yes interested but echo the other comments here. The technique can be useful but needs to be married to forms of local organising that recognise and counter in-build power imbalances in these relationships.Without that we are most likely to remain locked out of local decision making....

 

regards,

 

Andy

www.independentaction.net

At 11:21 on June 29, 2011, Kate Gordon said…
Hi Alan - I have been trying to understand what PB actually means in reality in this country.  From the examples I've seen, it's never amounted to much more than councils giving local people a menu of pre-set options amounting to next to no % of the budget, telling them to take their pick, and then telling them they made a choice through a democratic process.  Sometimes wonder if it's just me... so, yes, I am interested in finding out more about the campaign, thanks.

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