These are my links for September 2nd through September 7th:
- Investing in Social Growth: Can the Big Society be more than a slogan? (September 2010) | The Young Foundation – The report warns of the gap between the ambition of the Big Society and the modest proposals currently associated with it, and of the risk that cuts will fall most heavily on innovative social enterprises and small grassroots organisations rather than big public or private ones
- What’s beautiful to you? | Community Spaces – A photography competition is being run by Dezeen, the online architectural and design magazine and The Photographers’ Gallery to find ‘Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty’.
The idea behind the competition is to find out what people love about the places where they live.
- Global Voices in English » Russia: Online Cooperation as an Alternative for Government? – The story of how bloggers organised to fight wildfires…. "Yesterday we went to Kulebaki to bring them everything they needed – firefighting equipment, food, protective devices that were purchased with the bloggers' money. Our mission to the “hot spot” was organized by i_cherski, who, as you know, is filling in voluntarily for our temporarily incompetent leadership of the Ministry of Emergency Situations."
- The organisers are coming : RSA Projects – "How much harder will the Big Society organisers find it to engage and motivate communities if, unlike Obama, they are seen as part of the establishment and therefore somehow associated with the very problems they are trying to solve?"
- KnightBlog » Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Joins World Wide Web Foundation’s Board of Directors – "The World Wide Web Foundation (Web Foundation) today announced that it appointed former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to serve on its Board of Directors. Throughout the world, the Web Foundation leads programs that empower people to use the Web to nurture local economies and improve access to education and information. As a Board member, Brown will primarily advise Web Foundation on ways to involve African communities and leaders in the development of sustainable programs that connect humanity and affect positive change."
Isn’t one of the aspects of the Big Society that we don’t wait for big top-heavy centralised programmes to do it for us? Because under Labour that approach has palpably failed, at huge cost, when it was finally measured. It’s now down to each ordinary person and their voluntary associations to each to their bit, on their patch, to the best of their abilities?
Hi martin. Agreed. Big Society ought to be somewhat chaotic. If there is an attempt to impose order from above, some how that will be a failure.