February 2012 Blog Posts (12)

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.…


Added by Nick Beddow on February 27, 2012 at 10:35 — 1 Comment

God Bless America

God Bless America

Added by kevin Frayne on February 26, 2012 at 19:22 — No Comments

A way for activists to connect

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…


Added by Lorna Prescott on February 25, 2012 at 17:11 — 6 Comments

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…


Added by Nick Beddow on February 25, 2012 at 7:20 — 3 Comments

The Real Contribution of Banks

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…


Added by Positive Money on February 24, 2012 at 12:40 — No Comments

Millions; billions and trillions

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.



Added by Bren Cook on February 23, 2012 at 21:00 — 5 Comments

NatCAN Conference 23 Feb 2012

For those of you who don't use twitter, couldn't make it, or want to reflect back on the conference, here are the tweets from today (they read top to bottom) from page 2: http://www.tweetdoc.org/View/36722/National-Community-Activists-Network-conference

A huge thanks to Joe and others for organising such a great event, and to inspiring and thought-provoking speakers: David Malone, Tim… Continue

Added by Lorna Prescott on February 23, 2012 at 18:18 — 1 Comment

If public spending is being cut why isn't council tax?

f public spending is being cut why isn't council tax?

Added by kevin Frayne on February 20, 2012 at 14:38 — 1 Comment

"Political Correctness."


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…


Added by Lady Lindsay Langlands on February 6, 2012 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

Nurturing informal relationships

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.

The …


Added by Lorna Prescott on February 5, 2012 at 21:00 — 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…


Added by Nick Beddow on February 4, 2012 at 22:35 — 2 Comments

Excellent demolition of Bankers defence of high wages/bonuses by Polly Toynbee, on Today programme this morning.


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…


Added by Ben Stollery on February 4, 2012 at 11:52 — No Comments

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