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Can we think a little about language?

I was quite surprised to receive an email from NatCAN with a pejorative term used about women in the subject line. I don't have the energy to look up who wrote the review on Amazon which is quoted,…Continue

Started Oct 2, 2013

Interesting reading on power
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HiyaI found this report from Carnegie UK really interesting:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Parker Sep 26, 2011.

What is a Community Activist?
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How would we know one if we met one?And how wide, or narrow, is our definition for the purposes of this national network?There are so many questions I have around this, not least how are we thinking…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lorraine Barter Jul 19, 2012.


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Liberating Leadership is aimed at developing leadership skills in everyone rather than focusing on individuals as ‘leaders’. The Liberating Leadership toolkit is now available to anyone who wishes to run leadership courses, develop specific people in their community or is involved with developing partnerships that involve volunteers, community groups and/or statutory organisations.See More
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Can we think a little about language?

I was quite surprised to receive an email from NatCAN with a pejorative term used about women in the subject line. I don't have the energy to look up who wrote the review on Amazon which is quoted, just feeling rather fed up that they are describing the actions of economists by calling up ideas of 'dirty' women. I am absolutely sure that in sharing the review Joe didn't mean any harm or offence. Words are powerful and shape how we think and behave. I don't really know what else to say, other…See More
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More Like People meet-up at Brewsmiths

October 3, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm
This informal meet-up is an opportunity to talk to and hear from Liam, author of the recently published Anarchists in the Boardroom, about his 'more like people' thinking and about the book.Liam's work surrounds organisational change and social media, specifically how new technologies (and the movements they have supported) can help organisations adapt to a changing environment, while better reflecting their values through their organising structures.See More
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Lorna Prescott commented on joe taylor's blog post The Armchair Activist’s Handbook
"Thanks Joe Just tweeted the author to try to find a way to buy the book without using Amazon, given I boycott them as part of my armchair activism!"
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joe taylor commented on Lorna Prescott's group NatCAN Book Group
"Philip Duval recomends this short book, ‘The Finance Curse’ by Nick Shaxon. Click the link below to get the PDF version.   Finance_Curse_Final.pdf"
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Anarchists in the Boardroom

For too long, voluntary sector, NGO, community organisations and social enterprises have unquestioningly adopted the organising structures of industrialism, even when these approaches have been at odds with the values they are trying to create in the world.

As the 21st Century rolled-around, this incompatibility become all-the-more stark, as not only were our organisational structures at odds with our values, they were also not very effective at navigating the networked,…

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 20:30

Interesting infographics

There are some great links to interesting info graphics in this recent post from Steve Moreby on his Next Starfish blog, such as: The dark side of capitalism and from one earth day to the next

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 14:17 — 2 Comments

NatCAN book group

Following a great suggestion from Joe, I've started a NatCAN Book Group group, and would love folk to join me for a (roughly) monthly discussion of a book chosen by group members. …


Posted on April 29, 2012 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Walk Out Walk On

I just picked this up in twitter (thanks, @hackofalltrades)


Here are some excerpts from one of the pages:

All systems go through lifecycles. There’s progress, setbacks, seasons. When a new effort begins, it feels like spring. People are excited by new possibilities, innovations and ideas abound, problems get solved, people feel inspired and motivated to contribute. It all works very… Continue

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At 13:15 on April 2, 2012, Peter Smith said…


How are things re connecting in W Mids?

I have been thinking about this a bit and wonder if we need to either just ask collegues to come together or do we need a couple of ideas for an egenda that may attract attention or strikes a cord with others?

Stuff on my rader at the moment includes, striking the balance between engaging as CD workers and developing the capacity and enthusiasm of others to do it?

We are very fortunate here in that we have a CD Team that appears to be valued at all levels. The result of good work and effective relationship building. But we aren' the only ones good at this so is there anything else we are doing that we should be sharing?

The Activists group is a great place to visit and check in on even though I don't contribute much. What is the learning from this that will support networking and sharing in the W Mids and how can this help us build connections with others?

How about meeting for a coffee to discuss sometime?



At 10:31 on March 5, 2012, Gavin Wray said…

Thanks Lorna - found some interesting links and ideas already :)

At 15:45 on January 31, 2012, Peter Smith said…


I hope to find the time to make some contribution soon.

Having read Bens piece though I am filled with even more frustration at the role I am trying to play. I hugely agree with much of his piece and will certainly be quoting from it.

I was talking to a colleague from another Borouugh the other day and I do think there is a need for some type of local networking.

Keep me up to date with plans and I will put some notes up as soon as possible.


Regards Pete


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