Community Activists Network
How would you like to see NatCAN develop? Here are a few ideas.
(1) Free workshops for regional groups
The regional groups are a great idea but they have largely fallen into disuse. A better connection to what is happening offline, in the 'real world', would be of benefit. Therefore the Freire Institute will offer each regional group a free one-day workshop to focus on: (a) where we are at in our region as community activists; (b) what are the key issues?; (c) what do we seek to achieve?; (d) how we can put this into practice.
Here is how it would work:
- a regional group invites us to run a workshop and takes responsibility for its organizing, including finding a suitable venue and recruiting participants (we should aim for a minimum of 10 participants).
- We will provide facilitators for the workshops free of charge, although we would appreciate expenses for travel and accommodation.
- The workshops should ideally be seen as kick-starting a process rather than as one-off events.
(2) A dedicated domain name
Currently the site is hosted on nationalcan.ning.com. We propose moving this to a dedicated domain name and have reserved communityactivists.org for the purpose. Visitors to the old domain name would be redirected automatically.
(3) International members
There are a few international members but the site is mainly for UK activists. Would it make sense to open the site up much more for the exchange of ideas and experiences internationally? Note that we may have to drop the 'National' part of the name though.
(4) Sharing our work
One idea is to feature the work of one member organization (or individual) each month, perhaps through a webinar which can be posted on the site.
(5) A sharper focus
What would you like to see as the main focus of the site? We have posted a lot on national politics but is this the right focus?
Let us know what your views are by joining the discussion.
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