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What system of voting would you choose to replace first past the post?
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After the strange numbers coming out of the election where around 67% didn't vote for the party that 'won' I'm on the search for a realistic alternative that I can argue about for the next 30 years.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rashid Mhar May 15, 2015.

'Slacktivism' vs. Thick and Impactful Participation
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This is an interesting posting on Facebook from the Young Foundation and puts into words  some things I've been feeling. It is an interesting thought project and one worthy of NatCAN members. Have a…Continue

Tags: activism, Slacktivism

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Mowatt Sep 16, 2013.

Yet another interesting thing to look at- This time about troubled families
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This article came to me via John Seddons website 'The Systems Thinking Review'http://www.thesystemsthinkingreview.co.uk/It's called 'the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by joe taylor Sep 3, 2012.

Is localism working a report from NCIA and the TUC
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Have a look at this it may be of interest and help with local debate and learning:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bren Cook Aug 3, 2012.

 

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Bren Cook replied to joe taylor's discussion The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn's Improbable Path to Power - Alex Nunns. in the group Radical's Digest
"A couple of thoughts: A 'left-wards move' came as a reaction to the 'ossification' of new labour policy into dogma led by Ed Milliband. Therefore its not a new phenomena and it's a movement not a policy. The role of social…"
Jul 22
A group by Bren Cook was featured
Jun 19
Bren Cook posted blog posts
May 8
Bren Cook commented on joe taylor's blog post Labour won Stoke. Jamie Reed lost Copeland - Paul Mason
"The aphorism  'insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results' seems to be relevant here. We've not really done anything very different since the late 1940's when the Labour party developed…"
Mar 1
Bren Cook replied to joe taylor's discussion Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income, Open Borders and a 15-hour Workweek by Rutger Bregman in the group Radical's Digest
"It's all summed up by this poster my mate Nobby O'Brien cadged whilst we were in Reckilinghausen in the early 1980's."
Jun 4, 2016
Bren Cook commented on joe taylor's video
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Brexit The Movie

"I've had my eye of this brief debate for a while and I thought I'd chip in my two penneths worth. First thought...Anyone can put up their views on NatCAN. People can then oppose them or add to them.We can have really lively debate and…"
May 28, 2016
Bren Cook replied to joe taylor's discussion The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross in the group Radical's Digest
"Interesting thoughts here. I've had the feeling for a while that we are sleep walking into a future that, certainly in this country, populations are not prepared for. Whilst our government seems intent of trying to get the country back to some…"
Mar 31, 2016
Bren Cook posted a blog post

Youth sector consultation findings

Youth Sector Consultation FindingsI'd love to hear what people made of this short power point based paper on a 'wide' consultation about where the young peoples sector should go.Before doing any sort of comment myself I'd like to throw it out to a wider audience for your thoughts. I'd be particularly interested in your views of the language it is couched in.Then I'd be really pleased to hear…See More
Jan 26, 2016
Bren Cook replied to joe taylor's discussion Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the group Radical's Digest
"I'm not a scientist but I know enough about complexity theory to know that we are at a time in history that is on the edge of (if not there already) of chaos. One of the characteristics of this is the fragmentation we are experiencing in almost…"
Jan 16, 2016
Bren Cook replied to joe taylor's discussion Do These Statements Make Sense re the Labour Leadership?
"I had a good friend whose brain worked at a different pace to his mouth. Unfortunately he has left the planet but we had many a laugh about him saying things like "the theatre festival broke even..with a small profit" "you can count…"
Aug 17, 2015
Rashid Mhar replied to Bren Cook's discussion What system of voting would you choose to replace first past the post?
"Well Bren, way to make it sound simple. I've looked through voting systems a few times. I tend to support STV, though that might be more because I've listened to Peter Davidson, from Unlock Democracy talk about it and he makes a good…"
May 15, 2015
Bren Cook posted a discussion

What system of voting would you choose to replace first past the post?

After the strange numbers coming out of the election where around 67% didn't vote for the party that 'won' I'm on the search for a realistic alternative that I can argue about for the next 30 years. Has anyone out in NatCAN Land got any views or ideas? See More
May 9, 2015
Bren Cook replied to Iftikhar Ahmad's discussion Jihadi John
"Well I never! Mr Ahmad really has wandered onto the wrong website. He's found a place that is bristling with intelligent, cogent and open minded folk that are interested in all people, respectful argument and deeply held principles. This is a…"
Mar 16, 2015
Bren Cook commented on joe taylor's blog post An Open Letter To My MP.
"Tim Harford - Trial, error and the god complex Nick, have a look at this video and see what this chap has to say about elected representatives.It's refreshing and provides a realistic alternative. Let me know what you think."
Nov 10, 2014
Bren Cook commented on Nick Beddow's blog post Spiral Dynamics? or Hippy Shit? Two Book Reviews
Nov 4, 2014
Bren Cook commented on joe taylor's blog post An Open Letter To My MP.
"I've had another idea! By definition MP's are activists in their community. (I know that's a bit of a leap but go with me on this). Why don't we email all MP's and invite them to join NatCAN? I'm happy to send my MP an…"
Nov 1, 2014

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Preston and Lancashire
What brings you to NatCAN?
I started my career as a Community Worker in Blackburn then spent 27 years in local government. In between I've been a Youth and Community Worker, trainer and manager, Policy officer and a partnership officer in Lancaster District. I believe in collaboration in the face of fragmentation. The Ocean refuses no rivers!

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At 11:17 on February 27, 2013, Elaine Gillibrand said…

Hi Bren

Thanks for the invite.  Impressed with what I've seen so far.   I will call into the centre.

Elaine

At 11:45 on April 2, 2012, Peter Smith said…

Hi Bren

Always nice to be invited to be a friend.

I have recently closed my facebook account as I didn't get into it but I think a small number on here equates to many more in facebook land?

Pete

At 13:58 on November 25, 2011, Lorna Prescott said…
Hiya Bren
Do you use twitter? Would love to network with you there if you do.
Lorna
At 9:51 on July 27, 2011, JUDITH EMANUEL said…

hi Bren

Nice to see you involved with Natcam. What a good question. My vision

of the UK or the world without poverty is a world without wealth, much more equality of power, purpose, without walls or barriers -  whatever your gender, class, income, where you were born, race, sexuality, faith, ability/impairment etc.  How about yours?

 

Judith

At 11:09 on July 3, 2011, Nick Beddow said…

hi Bren,

 

glad to see you here - I really enjoyed Burnley (and I really cooked in my car on the way home!) Hope to meet again - we've got some CDX meetings coming up too

Bren Cook's Blog

Have people seen these Community Development competences from ESB? You can use them for all sorts

CD national Occupational Standards

These national occupational standards are a really helpful list of knowledge, and skills founded on very well thought out and set of values. Have a look and see if you can use them to write job descriptions, put short courses together or just stare at them and…

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Posted on May 8, 2017 at 19:24

Andy Burnhams Deputies

BBC News-New Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham appoints deputies

Have a look at this BBC report about Andy Burnhams choice of deputy Mayors. What is interesting is the areas of responsibility they have and the contribution that people that are members of NatCAN may be able to play or contribute to.

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 14:11

Youth sector consultation findings

Youth Sector Consultation Findings

I'd love to hear what people made of this short power point based paper on a 'wide' consultation about where the young peoples sector should go.

Before doing any sort of comment myself I'd like to throw it out to a wider audience for your thoughts. I'd be particularly interested in your views of the language it is couched…

Continue

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 19:36

This Land is Mine- a short video that sums up the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

However you view this conflict, whatever the solution may be it's the dude at the end who is winning!

Films for Action

There's other good stuff too.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 22:26 — 3 Comments

 
 
 

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