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Palestine and G4S
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Videos of Angela Davis here: http://waronwant.org/news/events/previous-events/18046-angela-davis-videoIn 2007,…Continue

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

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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Community Development

A group to discuss how we can link together to take forward CD in these rough seasSee More
Feb 23
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Community Development

A group to discuss how we can link together to take forward CD in these rough seasSee More
Feb 2
joe taylor replied to Nick Beddow's discussion Palestine and G4S
"Thanks for that link Nick.  I've watched all the videos - enough to make your blood run cold.     Were would the world be without people like these women, who devote their lives to social and economic justice?"
Jan 9
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Palestine and G4S

Videos of Angela Davis here: http://waronwant.org/news/events/previous-events/18046-angela-davis-videoIn 2007, the British security company G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons, which hold Palestinian political prisoners.G4S also provides equipment and services to Israeli checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of…See More
Jan 9
David Ridge replied to Nick Beddow's discussion a real alternative to Capitalism? in the group Beyond capitalism
"In recent months I have been inspired by looking in on a very open network called Edgeryders.eu. I think they are a fascinating alternative - not only to capitalism - but also to the 'dead hand of well-meaning institutions'. Here's…"
Jan 9
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Fair Heating campaign

There is growing public concern about the behaviour of domestic energy suppliers - we believe it is time to end the big six energy fix.In recent months energy companies have once again been exposed for over-charging customers and making excessive profits when incomes are being squeezed. In the first half of 2011, the Big Six made a staggering £3.5bn profit. All this while 5.5m households live in fuel poverty.How can the government solve the problem?1) Impose a levy on the Big Six, with funds…See More
Nov 25, 2013
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Liberating Leadership

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
Nov 20, 2013
joe taylor replied to Nick Beddow's discussion Two wrongs ...
"Looks like that review has been taken down now, http://amzn.to/1gD7W4Y probably because someone, or  more likely several people, objected to it along the lines you mention Nick"
Oct 23, 2013
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Liberating Leadership

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
Oct 16, 2013
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Liberating Leadership

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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Liberating Leadership

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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Community Development

A group to discuss how we can link together to take forward CD in these rough seasSee More
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Community Development

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Sep 30, 2013
Jez Hall replied to Nick Beddow's discussion Manchester group in the group Starfish meetings
"Together we can build a better world... Conversations that lead to change... Laying foundations for a world that works, right here, right now.  (ok 11, I cheated there)"
Sep 14, 2013
Bren Cook replied to Nick Beddow's discussion Manchester group in the group Starfish meetings
"A leaderless coalition of people who want a better world. (10 words-full stops don't count)"
Sep 11, 2013
joe taylor replied to Nick Beddow's discussion Manchester group in the group Starfish meetings
"How about Unstructured discussions about life in general, your concerns in particular."
Sep 11, 2013

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Where do you live
Sheffield for work, Hadfield for sleep
What brings you to NatCAN?
32 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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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…

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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.…

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

The Tyranny of Structurelessness

Tyranny of Structurelessness http://www.midiaindependente.org/media/2001/07/203242.pdf

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…

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

Stronger communities- Reasons To Be Cheerful

“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow”. (Ecclesiastes 1:18) 

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear” .(Antonio Gramsci,Selections from the Prison Notebooks

“I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will”. (Antonio Gramsci, Letter from Prison , 19 December…

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Posted on February 4, 2012 at 22:35 — 2 Comments

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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: http://empowermentworks.blogspot.com/2012/02/big-society-some-evidence.html

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 you...in 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

 

Sam

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.

At 11:53 on July 15, 2011, Jez Hall said…

Thanks Nick,

 

Took me a few moments and then remembered your wonderful Noggin the Nog presentation. We've come across each other before though I feel- though after too much community activism my braincells are somewhat fried  and memory fading ;-). Where else have we bumped into each other...do remind me.

 

Jez

At 12:51 on July 13, 2011, Saffi Price said…
Hi Nick and thanks! Saffi
 
 
 

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