Community Activists Network
These national occupational standards are a really helpful list of knowledge, and skills founded on very well thought out and set of values. Have a look and see if you can use them to write job descriptions, put short courses together or just stare at them and…Continue
Added by Bren Cook on May 8, 2017 at 19:24 — No Comments
Have a look at this BBC report about Andy Burnhams choice of deputy Mayors. What is interesting is the areas of responsibility they have and the contribution that people that are members of NatCAN may be able to play or contribute to.
Added by Bren Cook on May 8, 2017 at 14:11 — No Comments
I'd love to hear what people made of this short power point based paper on a 'wide' consultation about where the young peoples sector should go.
Before doing any sort of comment myself I'd like to throw it out to a wider audience for your thoughts. I'd be particularly interested in your views of the language it is couched…Continue
Added by Bren Cook on January 26, 2016 at 19:36 — No Comments
However you view this conflict, whatever the solution may be it's the dude at the end who is winning!
There's other good stuff too.
Have a look at this impassioned yet coherent reply in the House of Parliament!
Members of NatCAN are a clever bunch and so are most people I've met in the community work field. Sometimes though there may not be a way in to Higher Education no matter how much experience you have. This course might be an answer Community and Social Care Foundation Entry…Continue
Added by Bren Cook on June 12, 2014 at 11:13 — No Comments
This came along in my inbox and I followed the link to Positive Money and found this initiative that is going in Switzerland. Have a look have a read. It's significant.
Have a look at Adam Smith..not the one one with the institute but the one with the Cafe! This is one of the most inspirational video's I've seen for a while. Following on from our conference about what can be done or what action can be taken in this time of 'austerity' (for some) this chef answers the question brilliantly.
Added by Bren Cook on March 28, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments
Today I heard a discussion on Radio 4's Woman's Hour. Lis Howell is doing some research into why there's an apparent absence of Women on the radio, parliament and in the media. Here's the link to the item
Lis Howell was asking for people to comment or contribute to the research and wanted to hear from Women Activists in communities and local politics.
I saw this on the Common Dreams website. Although it is American in origin it struck chords for me too here in the UK. Why am I swallowing the whole 'that's life' 'It's too complicated to change' thinking that is sapping the very air from the room. It is worth noting that I live in the North (note the capital letter) and we've more reason to be outraged than most yet we watch as my NHS is dismantled and handed over to the private sector, there's too many people chasing the too few jobs, the…Continue
The Positive Money Website says
"The BBC produced a Video entitled “How do Banks Work?” which sought to explain the principles of banking and the role played by banking in relation to the global financial crisis. The video gave amisleading impression of the way banks work by failing to note their role as creators of money, and this role in leading up to the crisis."
read more at…Continue
Added by Bren Cook on March 13, 2013 at 9:05 — No Comments
Everyone should have to watch this by law. It's funny, moving and profound. Where's my red nose gone?
George Monbiot has been churning out articles like this one for ages
He must be so frustrated as his messages read like an old testament Prophet and get ignored. As a species we aren't too good at looking forward and being cautious. We are like the teenager that get a Corsa and drives it like…Continue
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…Continue
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
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 -…Continue
Have a look at this that came into my inbox. It's worth noting that the future isn't fixed and that we change it. What this research really shows is the stuff that's happening now isn't working too well and will have repercussions for the…Continue
Added by Bren Cook on May 10, 2012 at 13:33 — No Comments
What a positive and hopeful, challenging and informative magazine. Have a look, it shows that there is a diversity of opinion in America!
I came across this and it seems grand!
Have a look and see if it floats your boat