Big Society in the North

We have been invited to Amplify the conversations taking place at the ‘Big Society in the North’ event on 27 July (5 – 7pm)

The purpose of the event is to see what scope there is for building a Big Society in the North that can help to support the wealth of social action that is already happening in communities, and to encourage and exchange new ideas. The organisers want attendees to focus on ideas for action, and not another theoretical discussion of the concept or philosophy of the Big Society. Attendees have been asked to pitch their own ideas for social action projects that they would like to see or are already involved in, on the Big Society Forum or via @juliandobson, and there will be an opportunity for others to join discussion groups to see how we can progress these ideas.

On this page, you can view the live blog in the scribblive box, live streamed video in the Qik box, @davidwilcox’s videos in the YouTube box, and of course the blog write ups for each session with any comments attached.

For further info why not visit here or here

If you are using social media tools to report on the day remember the hashtag is:

#bsitnorth

The Big Society Apps Store

by , 29/07/10 7:37pm
David Wilcox outlined his ideas on the Big Society apps store. ‘How do we make best use of all the amazing stuff that is already going on out there?’ On 6 July we held a big society open night with communities and local government, and stacks of good ideas came about. Social innovation, social entrepreneurs, […]

Introduction: John Popham & Julian Dobson

by , 29/07/10 7:30pm
John Popham welcomed everyone to the event, explaining their reasons for hosting the event: ‘people were saying, those people in London what do they know about what goes on in the North anyway?’. Though we will hear from Steve Moore from the Big Society Network, we are here to explore and shape what the Big […]

Steve Moore from the Big Society Network

by , 29/07/10 7:28pm
Steve begins with an overview of the Big Society. ‘This is a political idea from the conservative manifesto, that then moved across in to the coalition. It has the backing of the Government. We’re looking at lots of new ideas; the office for civil society (OCS), the pathfinder service; the Big Society Bank; Social Action […]

‘The Big Society… yes… but’ group discussion

by , 29/07/10 7:24pm
I sat and listened in on the Yes… But group who were as a majority a little suspicious / concerned about the Big Society concept. As it was a group discussion this is taken from my scribblelive blog so you can get a taste of how the conversation went. If you were in this group […]

Feedback from the Open Space sessions

by , 29/07/10 7:17pm
Ed: the ‘yes … and…’ group summary: Is Big Society neutral, is it just a brand; what about rural communities; deprived communities and those not represented (middle class agenda). We also talked about not needing to go with the brand – what does our big society model look like? Can we set something up to […]

Open space pitching session

by , 29/07/10 7:02pm
The group is invited to pitch ideas for further discussion. Andy Meyer: would like to talk about Mapping and networks. Simon Cook: For 10-15 years his organisation has been working in the Leeds area – on something called resnet. He invites people to join him to discuss. Kate Welch: ‘building resilience and self belief’. Acumen […]

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Whose agenda is it anyway? (via Julian Dobson)

by , 27/07/10 3:21pm
This morning my local radio station did a piece about the Big Society in the North. Before they talked to me they did a vox pop in Chesterfield about whether people understood the idea of Big Society and what they thought about volunteering. Some were suspicious or hadn’t a clue what it was all about, […]

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Social innovation reporting for Big/Good Society (I hope) – via David Wilcox

by , 27/07/10 3:08pm
I’ve been writing a lot on the coalition government plans for Big Society over the past couple of months, and the Big Society Network, as you can see from posts here. That’s been mainly through general interest in ideas about supporting neighbourhood groups and social enterprise, developing new cross-sector partnerships, and shifting from consultation to the co-design and co-creation of local services … via: I’ve been writing a lot on the coalition government plans for Big Society over the past couple of months, and the Big Society Network, as you can see from posts here. That’s been mainly through general interest in ideas about supporting neighbourhood groups and social enterprise, developing new cross-sector partnerships, and shifting from consultation to the co-design and co-creation of local services … http://socialreporter.com/?p=930

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The Big Society in the North

by , 27/07/10 1:06pm
Discussions about turning the idea of the Big Society into reality have been hotting up, with reams written and tweeted about virtually every day. It's already getting hard to keep up with the volume of ideas and critiques. So it's really helpful that the prolific David Wilcox is now one of the Big Society Network's official bloggers, bringing the skills of social reporting to the table; and if you want to keep up with the discussions, Mamading Ceesay's Big Society Daily is a must-read, summarising what everyone else is talking about. Blog post via: http://bit.ly/9sJrYk

The Big Society in the North starts to take shape

by , 27/07/10 1:02pm
Why the Big Society in the North? First, because the Big Society isn't anyone's copyright or trademark. It is what we make of it. And we want to make something of it that isn't dependent on or answerable to London government or London networks, but can engage in a dialogue of equals. And it's a bit like the Big Issue in the North: it's about sharing real people's stories, and it will rely entirely on generosity and goodwill. What will the Big Society in the North be? What it won't be is an organisation or empire. It will be a forum and opportunity for people to share what's happening, and to network the networks - voluntary, citizen-led, private or public.- blog post via: http://bit.ly/bcqlPz