National Community Activists Network
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
God Bless America
Added by kevin Frayne on February 26, 2012 at 19:22 — No Comments
It was fantastic to have the opportunity to be part of the NatCAN gathering in Preston on Thursday, thanks to all those who made it happen. I've been reading posts by Mark Parker and Nick Beddow which reflect on discussions at the conference and on how activists can…Continue
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
Are banks really the powerhouse of the UK economy? Or could they be some of the most heavily-subsidised businesses in the world?
This chart shows how much banks…Continue
Added by Positive Money on February 24, 2012 at 12:40 — No Comments
At todays conference there was talk of millions of pounds, and trillions of pounds. I don't know about you but I find it hard to imagine what these numbers mean in real life. I came across the attached images that help you get a perspective on the numbers, just in case zero's and noughts don't work.
The top picture is 1 million, the next is 1 billion and the next 1 trillion.
f public spending is being cut why isn't council tax?
My knowledge base is lacking, in relation as to whether or not Internationally, the term being Politically Correct and the absolute madness it fosters here in OZ, is comparable ???
The main aim of PC here in OZ is to support and initate the demise of anything that is traditionally known as Australian (to pc this constitutes being a racist) in some instances Religion (no Happy Christmas must be happy Holiday because otherwise it's discrimination) No more chairmen or chair…Continue
Community engagement in the social eco-system dance is an absolutely fantastic paper written by activist and NatCAN member Eileen Conn. I first read this paper about 5 weeks ago and I've been reflecting on it and talking about it a lot.
“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
Boy, it's blood boiling time again. When I hear such articulate, concise and clear demolition of Bankers defence of high wages/bonuses, I rejoice, but it's also so frustrating as still don't believe this message is being heard enough.
It feels like we've got such an open door to push at but where is means through which we will get this done? How can all the disparate voices come together to effect…Continue
Added by Ben Stollery on February 4, 2012 at 11:52 — No Comments