April 2012 Blog Posts (21)

LA Riots 1992 - retrospective


Ok, it was the US, but similar tensions have underlaid (?) riots and disturbances within local communities in this country.  I've picked out a couple of comments that ought to be of particular interest to community activists and community development workers [and not forgetting the corps diplomatique either..]

- the comments…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 29, 2012 at 23:37 — 1 Comment

NatCAN book group

Following a great suggestion from Joe, I've started a NatCAN Book Group group, and would love folk to join me for a (roughly) monthly discussion of a book chosen by group members. …


Added by Lorna Prescott on April 29, 2012 at 20:30 — 1 Comment

Murdoch's tentacles

I was so amazed at this interview of David Cameron, if I had been the interviewer I would have been compelled to go over to him and wave my hands over his head and say " amazing no strings" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-17886023

Added by kevin Frayne on April 29, 2012 at 12:11 — 1 Comment

ICOCO At Ease With Each Other - Brave new world or a step back to the past?

ICOCO’s ‘At Ease With Each Other’ conference on community cohesion which took place Monday 23rd April in central London was, I believe, a step forward on the road to plain speaking and at looking at all sides of the race and immigration debate.

The events keynote speech was given by the Secretary of State For Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, which was in some ways a damp squib with not much content relying mainly on sound bites.  At one point…


Added by Maxine Moar on April 24, 2012 at 20:53 — 7 Comments


Following on from Joe's update yesterday, I'm confused: is this situation about quality, competition or patient choice?


Looks like it's about quality from Novartis point of view, price from the NHS perspective, and no choice for patients - as per usual.

Must dig out all my articles about the future Local Health Service to remind myself about the role of NICE…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 24, 2012 at 7:24 — No Comments

Re: public involvement

I can't open the links to either of the documents mentioned in this article >


but just the introductory blurb will probably make some NATCAN members sit up and take note.. good luck with opening the links.      The…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 23, 2012 at 16:30 — No Comments

My local Mary Portas Pilot bid video - Prestwich

There are some great ones on youtube and rather inspiring too.  Of course having been involved heavily  myself in putting the the bid together with the rest of the great local residents and business people of Prestwich - many of whom are essentially activists who wish to effect change on a local level I have to say that ours is a brilliant video (and we managed to get on BBC Breakfast too).…


Added by Laurence Grant on April 20, 2012 at 0:40 — 2 Comments

Bobby On The Tweet - Social Media, Community Policing and Engagement in the 21st Century

The recent Liam Stacey case where a member of the public was jailed for 56 days for use of abusive, racist and threatening language has raised many questions about the emergence of Twitter and other forms of social media in a stable and cohesive society.  We clearly live in an information age unlike any previously experienced   with rolling 24/7 news output across several media, the internet in the palm of ones hand and the ability to communicate with millions across any time zone and all…


Added by Laurence Grant on April 19, 2012 at 21:35 — 1 Comment

I am an Activist- Anita Roddick


I came across this and it seems grand!

Have a look and see if it floats your boat

Added by Bren Cook on April 19, 2012 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

The Walled City of Kowloon

Okay, forget the fact this article is from a Skyscraper enthusiasts website (!) - it's a fascinating read, and shows how people don't need to be organised to within an inch of their lives by governments, they organise themselves.  Yes, there is activity which may possibly infringe people's human rights - certainly I can see my local community safety partnership doling out ASBOs left, right and centre - but these people took care of themselves and their own - isn't that the Big…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 18, 2012 at 11:32 — 2 Comments

From Joe's very useful researches on Neoliberalism (at http://bit.ly/HRfUTo)...

The root problem is that not one single country on this planet takes ecological sustainability seriously.  We are globally consuming about 40% more of our natural capital every year than the ecosystem can replenish.  If we want to survive as a species, then the first step is to acknowledge the facts. Either we say in collective denial of the facts…or we start taking ecological sustainability seriously and change our high consumption lifestyles.

Added by Ben Stollery on April 16, 2012 at 14:35 — No Comments

NEF's take on a solution:

Ending the crisis – the first steps

To break the crisis, two things need to happen. First, austerity must end. It is counterproductive, but it is followed because finance holds the upper hand. That means ending the swingeing spending cuts and looking to public investment to create sustainable jobs. Second, debts will need to be written off. They are the product of a bloated, crippled financial system and the rest of European society should not be expected to bear…


Added by Ben Stollery on April 16, 2012 at 13:08 — 2 Comments

Political education!

"Take every penny you have set aside in aid to Tanzania, and spend it in the UK explaining to people the facts and causes of poverty."
Julius Nyerere, first president of Tanzania

Added by Ben Stollery on April 16, 2012 at 12:55 — No Comments


Britons as a whole, not just the rich, have not been prepared to pay enough tax since the 80s and have consistently voted against more public expenditure.

Added by Ben Stollery on April 16, 2012 at 12:34 — No Comments

Is it just me?

More of those 'is it just me' moments. Attended the SCIPS AGM today, which was definitely worth getting out of bed for, even on a Saturday morning, and on Grand National day!  Informative presentation from council cabinet member for housing about his plans for 2012; followed by another councillor talking about how to lever in external funding to the borough.  I know it's nothing new, but don't you just tut when council bods talk about working in partnership with the voluntary + community…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 14, 2012 at 17:27 — No Comments

Sustainable development


Planning structure explained, inc. discussion about neighbourhood plan.


Thought I posted this link earlier, but must have forgotten to press 'publish post' button - it's sort of good news, I think... another Henry Ford product?…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 11, 2012 at 21:38 — 2 Comments

CLG mini-site


just in case you fancy taking over the town hall, or something, and need to know where to start. 

CLG tell us for the nth time how empowered we all are now ...


It's like the Charge of the…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 10, 2012 at 13:49 — 5 Comments

Interesting stuff from Michael Sandel- The Public Philospher

Michael Sandel the Public Philospher

Have a listen to these Podcasts from the BBC. the BBC say" Political philosopher Professor Michael Sandel challenges an audience to apply some critical thinking to issues people usually rely on instinct to resolve. Recorded at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor Sandel debates issues such as education, social equality and…


Added by Bren Cook on April 10, 2012 at 10:48 — No Comments

Critical Governance Conference - Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues


The second Critical Governance Conference ‘From Critique to Transformation? Critical Governance Studies in and beyond the Crisis’ will be held at the University of Warwick from Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th December 2012. 


We are privileged to have two outstanding keynote speakers: Professor Mike Power is Director of Accounting and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the LSE and among the most distinguished critical…


Added by Jonathan Stephen Davies on April 5, 2012 at 9:45 — 2 Comments

BS Bank


I'd better check my Post Office savings account - last time I looked, it had 12/- in it!  [last deposit 1967]

Was at a business networking do at the weekend - Aston Reinvestment Trust were there - they're not lending much atm because 'third sector' organisations haven't got the…


Added by Kate Gordon on April 4, 2012 at 7:07 — 2 Comments

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