National Community Activists Network
A community cafe in central Brum .. sounds like a contradiction in terms, but the menu looks good, as do their objectives. Has anyone been there?
Fletchers Walk near the floozie, by the Town Hall.
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Campaigners for disabled people are considering legal action against the Government over proposed cuts to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), they said today.
full article can be found at legal action threatened over disability cuts
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Duty to cooperate
Not all planning decisions can, or should, be made at a neighbourhood or local level. In many cases there are very strong reasons for neighbouring local authorities, or groups of authorities, to work together on planning issues in the interests of…
In my last blog posting, I claimed that politics was presently moving away from the notion of win-win, towards win-lose politics where competition would replace cooperation and that key players would seek two or maybe three rounds of compete-punish-counterpunish.
I made this prediction based on the recent behaviour of greedy bankers, public service cuts and the backlash of protesters, strikes and job loses. I still believe…Continue
"Office for Civil Society gives former strategic partners new advisory…Continue
As you can see from this some coalition squabbles may slow this down and cause some bottlenecks but I'm sure it will be implimented on time http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13707390
Added by kevin Frayne on June 9, 2011 at 11:28 — No Comments
Tim O’Reilly who championed Web 2.0, that provided the technical infrastructure for Social Media, has discussed the concept of a Government 2.0 which reviews how government should use of social media (web 2.0).He provides some ideas of how government can get its message across. Other authors (Robinson et al 2009) suggest the government should instead of spending time building websites and social media simply provide the data for communities to use and let the communities and…Continue
There have been various techniques to integrate social communities through re-gentrification to pepper pot housing and the article includes a great idea of integrating a community that already exists.
I'd be interested in any…Continue
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"The Office for Civil Society has laid out a detailed set of objectives for the charities receiving…Continue
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+ an online discussion next Wednesday morning
Added by Kate Gordon on June 1, 2011 at 20:30 — No Comments
Marches about Legal Aid cuts organised for Friday 3rd June.
Listened to a short item on the cuts just now
should be available on iplayer later
In a nutshell, the move is towards more…Continue
Added by Kate Gordon on May 30, 2011 at 12:25 — No Comments
Some of the media reports regarding the Birmingham city council social care case have not been all that clear in identifying the issue, and have even implied that many other councils will have to carry on making payments which they may have been planning to reduce or end.
This was a public law case in which the decision was judicially reviewed. The council needs to cut public spending, and it decided to change the criteria for social care payments. They propose to limit…Continue
A little bit of food for thought in the final paragraph - "But don't leave it all to Health Watch".
The NHS reform programme has been put on hold temporarily - while the Government 'listens' [cart - horse - before - put] If the high level objectives stay in…Continue
"All social justice organisations can trace their origins back some 220 years ago, when three-fourths of the world was enslaved in one form or another. In 1787 and dozen people began meeting in a small print…Continue
Now we've all survived the Rapture last Saturday, we've all been given a second chance to live how we want to (while disregarding any future end-of-the-world nutters) . So, dizzy with hope and lack of sleep here's my hopes for CAN, my ten Uncommandments ;
1. We stand together when communities are facing struggles - through NCAN we share the news about local struggles and whenever it feels right we get behind any local groups to help them
2. We look after each other -…Continue
As someone with a science background, I tend to come at problems in community action in a peculiar way, so please bear with me!
A great deal of human behaviour can be described in terms of Game Theory. For those unfamiliar with the term, Game Theory, simply put states that individuals or groups will, in the first instance, tend to…Continue