May 2012 Blog Posts (24)

CLG Business Plan - annual report

http://www.number10.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/DCLG-2012-Business-Plan.pdf

Not exactly a bodice ripper, but it does have everything in one place, fyi. 

Added by Kate Gordon on May 31, 2012 at 21:22 — No Comments

Community Right to Build

http://www.homesandcommunities.co.uk/community-right-to-build

 

Funding open now - get your bids in! 

Added by Kate Gordon on May 30, 2012 at 14:17 — No Comments

"Houses v Fields"

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j2bzr

"Which is a better use of our land? A beautiful green field, or a human home? We have long tied ourselves in knots trying to answer this question. Anne McElvoy ploughs the BBC archive to unearth the tangled roots of one this country's great, eternal inner conflicts."

On iPlayer for 7 days.

 

Added by Kate Gordon on May 26, 2012 at 22:47 — No Comments

Mmm.. more musings..

I'm just typing up the minutes from the residents forum.  Some Section 106 work is being done in July; a consultation is being done in mid-June; the work will be complete in August.   So, er.. what exactly is the "consultation" about?  LOL < not in a David Cameron way.

Added by Kate Gordon on May 26, 2012 at 21:14 — No Comments

Reflections on Working in Community Development Today

Wheeler Hall in Leeds was packed for this conference, as busy as I have ever seen it, which I think reflects a couple of trends:

  • the increasing interest of funders and policy makers in using community development to achieve their policy goals
  • an increasing need to turn to our fellow citizens to tackle the small and big challenges in life as the impotence of governments becomes increasingly apparent.

The conference opened with John Low from JRF providing a…

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Added by Mike Chitty on May 23, 2012 at 11:36 — 5 Comments

Social Mobility

http://www.dpm.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/social-mobility-indicators

I attended BRAP's 'Line in the Sand' event yesterday.  One of the speakers demonstrated that the use of free school meals as a measure of social mobility masks race discrimination and leads to disproportionate amounts of resources being directed towards white working class pupils…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 22, 2012 at 22:25 — No Comments

New-style ASBOs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18155579

Would the 'community trigger' have made any difference to Fiona Pilkington, whose case is supposed to be behind this new measure?  16 youths harrassed the family on a regular basis - where were their parents, more to the point - where was "the community"?   

A new Foyer is being opened adjacent to my estate; one of the more vocal members of one of the residents' forums has…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 22, 2012 at 8:09 — No Comments

CLG publish statutory guidance on CRT Challenge

http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/2148165.pdf

This is a draft document but can't imagine significant changes. 

Added by Kate Gordon on May 21, 2012 at 16:43 — No Comments

Musing

(maybe proscratinating rather than musing...)

Last week, I attended two residents' forums in connection with some freelance work I'm doing in Birmingham.  The two forums were in the same ward but cover different patches, and in that respect reminded me of the two forums in my own neighbourhood where I take the minutes - next door, but quite different feel to them.  However, the thing that really struck me was when one of the residents asked if anything could be done about a situation…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 20, 2012 at 16:41 — No Comments

Interesting infographics

There are some great links to interesting info graphics in this recent post from Steve Moreby on his Next Starfish blog, such as: The dark side of capitalism and from one earth day to the next

Added by Lorna Prescott on May 19, 2012 at 14:17 — 2 Comments

Slow down you move too fast!

http://www.slowmovement.com/

This is an interesting website that gives an added dimension to our culture and passion for 'more now'. Maybe allies in the search for a better future.

There's two books that are interesting too:

Carl Honore (2004) In Praise of Slow- how a worldwide movement is challenging the cult of speed: Orion Books

James Gleick (1999) Faster -…

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Added by Bren Cook on May 18, 2012 at 16:20 — 2 Comments

How not to make friends or influence people

http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/12414/lord_phillips_laments_absence_of_natural_elite_from_community_leadership

"One of the major barriers to building a healthy and thriving civil society is the almost complete withdrawal from community activity of the “natural elite” such as solicitors and City…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 17, 2012 at 9:15 — 3 Comments

HO - consultation on changing equality law

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/news/red-tape-challenge

What a pity the government thinks treating people fairly at work is bureaucratic red tape.  I can tell you it's a bigger burden on an employee who's harrassed by third parties than it is for employers!  Obviously, employers can't be expected to police third parties, but if an employee has brought harrassment to their…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 16, 2012 at 14:23 — No Comments

A new future for mental health awareness and involvement

One of the functions of The Enlightenment Project is to help build mental health awareness.  The way I hope this can be achieved is by setting up a service user-led organisation, in conjunction with a service user-led consultancy and training company called ARW, like the one currently in operation in Essex but with a much wider, long term focus.  The proposed aims of the new organisation would be:

  • Set up and support self-help groups (all we would ask in return is the…
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Added by Valen (Myles) Cook on May 15, 2012 at 10:51 — No Comments

Boy Scout Movement now an arm of the State

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18051508

Working with traffic wardens to monitor speeding drivers?!   When my brother was in the Scouts, Bob a Job was about raising money for the pack by doing jobs around people's houses - washing the car, mowing the lawn, shopping, that kind of thing.  Refurbishing old people's homes, graffiti removal is all very laudable, but strikes me as something somebody should be paid to do or…

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 14, 2012 at 22:38 — No Comments

Rights, Justice and Democracy

The French philosopher and activist Michel Foucault once asked: how do we assert our democratic rights in a society that puts premium on constant and more subtle forms of surveillance?

See this interesting article http://ning.it/KT014b

Added by Professor Jason Powell on May 12, 2012 at 20:21 — No Comments

Why have residents associations?

I set up RAUK to provide support and encouragement to people working together in any particular area in the UK to improve their local neighbourhood and community.  To see how people can work together to solve problems in their areas has been inspiring and so through this website I share as much information as possible.  Collating such information is extremely time-consuming although rewarding and so I am appealing to others…

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Added by Susan Hayward on May 11, 2012 at 13:19 — No Comments

Global capitalism

I wrote this paper in 2010 and revisiting the main themes in light of current global issues. Any comments gratefully received. http://www.uta.edu/huma/agger/fastcapitalism/7_1/powell7_1.html

Added by Professor Jason Powell on May 11, 2012 at 9:23 — No Comments

Application process for new local TV channel launched

http://www.culture.gov.uk/news/media_releases/9050.aspx

 According to the Q&A, government wants local tv channels because "Local media is a vital part of local democracy. It can play a role in holding institutions to account, ensuring that local people are aware of what is going on in their local communities and helping them to understand the influence they can have."

Aw - bless. …

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Added by Kate Gordon on May 10, 2012 at 16:20 — No Comments

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