Nine signposts towards Our Society

December 12, 2010
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Yesterday evening I was at a community centre in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, taking part in an event on the Big Society and equality. It can be quite difficult at such gatherings to offer a constructive critique of the Big Society idea – you are speaking to people who may be about to lose their jobs […]

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What place for protest in a big society?

December 6, 2010
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When David Cameron launched his vision of a Big Society back in March and again in July, it’s fairly safe to assume he didn’t think its torchbearers would be crowds of protesting students. Yet he and his courtiers should take a close look at the activists who are starting to oppose his policies, because they […]

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Are we any further forward?

November 28, 2010
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The period since the General Election has seen some frantic debate about the nature of the Big Society. A large number of events have been held, and many conversations have taken place, online as well is in physical spaces. So, some of us have been prompted to ask if we are any further forward in […]

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Don’t Wait for Permission

October 30, 2010
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The Big Society continues to be a subject for debate and controversy. Surely we should all have worked out what it means by now? But still, the debates rage on. What is becoming clearer is that the Big Society is not a programme, it is a way of operating. And one of the consequences of […]

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From Big Society to Our Society

October 18, 2010
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Earlier this week I was invited to give a talk on the Big Society at a housing association annual meeting. As I waited to speak, I heard the chief executive run through the achievements of the past year. What struck me was that while they included what you’d expect – numbers of people housed, properties […]

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