National Community Activists Network
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
Started this discussion. Last reply by Bren Cook Jul 15, 2011.
Loads of dismissing good old CD nowadays from so-called Thought Leaders, and not a lot of love from the new Government (hint: it must be worth something, judging by the people who don't want it). So…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by James Derounian Jul 27, 2011.
I wonder how everyone sees the Community Organisers ? I've written loads about them in CDX mags and meetings so I won't push a line on them. What does everyone else think ? Are they a threat to…Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by kenyasue Smart Dec 2, 2012.
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…Continue
Posted on March 5, 2012 at 12:36 — 1 Comment
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.…Continue
Posted on February 27, 2012 at 10:35 — 1 Comment
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…Continue
Posted on February 25, 2012 at 7:20 — 3 Comments
“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…Continue
Posted on February 4, 2012 at 22:35 — 2 Comments