June 2012 Blog Posts (11)

CRT Challenge

Regulations came into force yesterday.  I might put the bid in to take over the contract to manage my estate, when the contract runs out in 20 years time!  Must check out when the SERCO waste collection contract expires as the service is, quite frankly, rubbish. http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/communityrights/righttochallenge/


Impact Assessment for CRT Bid also…


Added by Kate Gordon on June 28, 2012 at 8:44 — No Comments

Are you active in the community and looking to develop your skills?

The Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership's currently recruiting for the FD in Community Leadership at Burnley.

If you know anyone who is active in the community and looking to develop their skills, we will be interviewing over the summer. Fees are £3,000 cheaper than the standard BA and the same fee also applies to the BA (Hons) Top-up. 

Please call Bob Walley on 01772 892775 or Becky Steel on 01772 893662 or email…


Added by Rebecca Steel on June 27, 2012 at 14:33 — No Comments

Res Publica - new publication


being launched sometime today.  I haven't read it, but reading a promotional line that says 'community activity should be one of your 5 a day' makes me groan inwards quite frankly.  Maybe it's just me.

Added by Kate Gordon on June 27, 2012 at 13:57 — No Comments

NatCAN /NCIA Conference - lets talk!

As i hope you all know we are holding a joint conference in London with NCIA to look at how community activists can gain power. No small feat, I'm sure you will agree?

The morning session will be based around a key note from A World To Win who will be looking at the global issues we face from banking to the issue of poverty even in the richest parts of the world.

The afternoon session will be chaired by Penny from NCIA and she will be introducing some local…


Added by Maxine Moar on June 25, 2012 at 19:43 — 5 Comments

They are watching... but whats the point?

A curious story from our local occupy group. Over the past few months some of us have been talking about Yarn bombing, a gentle form of street art using wool http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yarn_bombing.

This week the Olympic torch passes through Lancaster (at a possible cost of £40,000 to local residents for policing, security and associated events). A few people on our Occupy group Facebook page have been commenting on the ethics…


Added by Jez Hall on June 20, 2012 at 18:58 — No Comments

Civil Society discussion on LinkedIn


I think that some of the discussions here on NATCAN have been of a high standard and it may be worth contributing to this one especially those members that have some thoughts about new politics and new forms of people power. Have a look at LinkedIn Civil…


Added by Bren Cook on June 20, 2012 at 10:00 — 1 Comment

There isn't any money

 'New labour' fooled a large part of the population that they could all get something for nothing. They did this with the 'own your own home' propaganda and made everyone believe that we could all be 'pocket capitalists'.

They then organised the building of schools and hospitals and infrastructure for the benefit of us all.

They educated enough of us to understand what was going on and we gradually realised that the system was printing money under the control of a very small…


Added by Roger Alexander on June 15, 2012 at 20:25 — 2 Comments

New Economics Foundation - Happy planet index

Happy Planet Index- NEF

Have a look at this. It's made me think that we need to be able to redefine 'success', 'wealth' and 'valuable'. Costa Rica anyone?

Added by Bren Cook on June 15, 2012 at 8:53 — No Comments

CLG Community Rights .. again ....


 If you and your community want to get rid of some barrier preventing you all from doing something which, in your opinion, would improve things.. you have to ask the council to ask the Government... Is this the same CLG that got rid of the Government Offices, RDAs and other quangos, lit a bonfire of regulations, and pledged to get rid of top down…


Added by Kate Gordon on June 14, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments

CLG - shopping parades


Eric Pickles turns into a pinko commie!  So, he's suddenly discovered large out of town retail developments kill of local shops, and thence communities ... well done Eric, but that's what happens without planning control, regulation, state intervention, etc. 


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Added by Kate Gordon on June 6, 2012 at 17:31 — No Comments

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