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Palestine and G4S
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Videos of Angela Davis here: 2007,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by joe taylor Jan 9, 2014.

Two wrongs ...
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hi all, a recent Amazon review of a book called 'Economists and the Powerful' was circulated around NatCAN members in the Natcan email of 2nd October. The Amazon reviewer stated:  “This book makes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by joe taylor Oct 23, 2013.

Law Centres under the axe

Social justice?  This new report highlights the threat to our communities as Law Centres struggle to survive.Continue

Started May 14, 2012

Public Services; open for big business only?
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The Govt’s Open Services White Paper has already attracted its fair share of bloggers – lamenting the lack of thinking about how to make commissioning anything other than a sell-off to the Big Fish…Continue

Tags: Equalities, policy, Paper, White, services

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bren Cook Jul 15, 2011.


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Northwest England for work, Hadfield for sleep
What brings you to NatCAN?
35 years as community activist, community worker, ageing socialist - still wanting to find ways of people running their own systems, not systems running over us all.

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Spiral Dynamics? or Hippy Shit? Two Book Reviews



After 36 years of trying, there are still things I love about community development – most of all, I still get a huge buzz out of learning together from shared experiences, creating our own understanding from what happens. Call it Reflective practice, or call it Praxis - as Karl Marx declared: "Practice without Theory is blind, Theory without practice is sterile."

It’s like learning how music works – you can learn to play by…


Posted on November 3, 2014 at 17:59 — 1 Comment

Does NatCAN need a jargon-buster?

At our recent Preston event, one person said to me that he’d never feel involved if we kept using that language; he felt like we’d been using a dictionary which the outside world wouldn’t understand either. And that would limit NatCAN’s appeal...

It’s tricky because some of the long words save a load of sentences: “neo-liberalism”, for starters. But if you don’t know a) what they mean or b) what the speaker thinks they mean, it’s a bit like walking into GCSE Latin half-way…


Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:36 — 1 Comment

Unity is nearly strength

I've been teasing out the questions about CD and Asset Based CD and Community Organising as if it mattered to anyone except national organisations flying the flag for one of these approaches. Clearly, as a member of CDX it has a lot of impact on us, not least because the Govt had such a downer on CD before they "arranged" to get into power, perceiving CD as both left wing (radical CD) and entrenched in New Labour top-down programmes (managerial). So damned if you do, damned if you don't.…


Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:35 — 1 Comment

The Tyranny of Structurelessness

Tyranny of Structurelessness

This is thinking in progress, for all of NatCAN to debate and toss around. But it got me out of bed at 5am on a Saturday bloody morning to get it out of my stupid head and onto a screen, so here you go....

At NatCAN conference this week, a number of people lit up when Jo…


Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:20 — 3 Comments

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At 13:37 on July 28, 2015, Lisa Woods said…
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At 22:06 on June 27, 2015, Lisa Woods said…
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At 16:36 on February 27, 2012, Jill Chadwick said…

Yeah good wellbeing contact bro :)

On in the fight against all tyrannies!

Cheers, Jilly

At 17:34 on February 16, 2012, John Skrine said…

Hi Nick - new media illiterate here has only just seen your request.  So sorry to seem rude!  And loved your post about Phil Ochs and all.  You are so right - we do need to remember we are starting something new and well as killing something new.  I've just posted this at Empowerment Works:

I'm still not sure of the etiquette of getting the word on this about.  Even if I tweet it, I tweet so little that I don't think anyone will notice . . . 

At 0:33 on January 17, 2012, Harry Wallington said…
Be great to meet good time - all the discussions round here sound like they will be fruitful ones!
At 17:08 on January 11, 2012, Mike Llywelyn Cox said…

Hello Nick.

Nice lively Klesma. Found you and your tenor too (while kicking your soprano).

I just bought a cheap curved Academy (couldn't afford anything like a Yamaha!) but it's really well built and sounds good - a Claude Lakey 7* mouthpiece. My old age tremor gives a good vibrato!!

At 14:58 on October 11, 2011, Sue Gorbing said…

Looks like we might be friends now!!


At 14:47 on July 19, 2011, Guy Cruls said…
Great to connect with you Nick!
At 9:25 on July 18, 2011, Sam Axtell said…

Hi Nick

Thanks for adding me as a friend. Loved the bile comment



At 12:18 on July 15, 2011, Jez Hall said…

Not Cuba :-(

but I was probably in Brinnington around 2003 ....

I used to work for CTAC in Manchester, lived 25 years in Manchester (Hulme and Levenshulme), and latterly being doing work on participatory budgeting.


But maybe we just never did meet, but should of. As I say I saw you use a noggin parable and flute at a London Conference on the big society. And thought thank god someone out there is still alive.


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