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A Day Spent Reflecting on Transition and the Big Society

big society talkOver 40 people came together in Bristol on Wednesday (September 2010) to explore what the government’s Big Society agenda might mean for Transition initiatives.

Suffolk County Council invites Transitioners

Wednesday, I was part of a group of Transitioners from Ipswich, Debenham in Suffolk (England) and Diss (Norfolk) who were invited to a meeting by Suffolk County Council in the Council Chambers in Ispswich to discuss their 'New Strategic Directions' (NSD).

Seeking comments on Transition Network's take on the Big Society

Since our work day on The Big Society, Rob and Pete have been working on a 'positioning statement' about how Transition Network views and responds to the Big Society.

Please read Rob's thoughtful piece on his blog; it's there to explore the question and seek comments and opinions.

Transition and The Big Society - workshop review

This is copied nearly exactly from Rob's Transition Culture Blog.

You can also see the presentations, flip charts and other outputs on the Big Society workshop materials news item

Over 40 people came together in Bristol on Wednesday to explore what the government’s Big Society agenda might mean for Transition initiatives. 

The venue was the Unitarian Church Hall, and the day proved to be very focused and yielded much insightful thinking and useful ideas. 

 

What follows is my attempt to produce a clear record of the event, the ideas and the debates, as well as the suggestions for where this might go next, dragged from my illegible notes, so any mistakes or misrepresentations are entirely my own doing. 

Transformative Development - Schumacher College Course

Monday, 31 January 2011 (All day) - Friday, 18 February 2011 (All day)

Location

Schumacher College
The Old Postern Dartington Hall
Totnes TQ9 6EA
United Kingdom

Teachers: Ian Christie, Robert Chambers, Allan Kaplan, Bunker Roy, Aruna Roy

Event Date & Time: 
Monday, 31 January 2011 (All day) - Friday, 18 February 2011 (All day)
Point of contact: 

Guest post: "Big Society - small state?"

Guest posting from Jules Peck

As many of us struggle to get to grips with this somewhat ambiguous concept, Jules examines some of the historical context, looks at the threats and potential opportunities this programme presents. He also suggests some tough questions that are going to have to be answered before we can really figure out if Big Society might become something that really works for us.

You can also read the original article at Jules' blog site.

Thanks Jules.

Engaging local authorities

In Derby and South Derbyshire we're increasingly engaged in Transition discussions and activities with our local authorities.

What are your experiences of dealing with councils ? Do you find it helpful to engage officials or councillors through the climate change agenda?  What progress are you making ?

Is "the Big society" concept helpful - especially with Conservative controlled councils ?

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