There are a number of joined up approaches to real local sustainability developing around the country... but it’s still complex, and some issues will take 20 years rather than the five-year span of an elected government.
October 2011 - NewStart
All of this could mean that the transference of power away from institutions of local government towards organisations with a less prescribed relationship with the local community could lead to a more frustrating relationship for local people.
So, the logic of removing assets and resources that are perceived to no longer work creates a problem: what replaces these structures if our desire is a society where the mosaics of how we live our lives, at different points in our life, with different resources, link together?
Bring & Fix is an intergenerational fair that brings together local people of different ages under one roof to share their skills and knowledge.
So as we look forward to a new era of corporate social responsibility, of social innovation entering the mainstream and of people power forging through real change, let’s not forget the importance of those small interventions and experiences of change that help pave the way there.
CSR and social enterprise are destined to marry and, in time, it will become an equal partnership. The corporate groom will be well resourced and adaptable. The third sector bride compassionate and able to steer her husband’s endeavours to where they can truly blend social impact with commercial strength.
The government doesn’t have an easy road ahead, but, it must use the LGRR to make the difficult decisions for growth. Policymakers should avoid overcomplicating the reforms and should not be afraid to be bold.
This book did validate and reference a view that I had evolved in my working life; there are desperate tensions for local authorities trying to positively affect the micro conditions found in their patchwork of communities.
The People’s Budget is a new campaign to help community groups get a much bigger say on the money decisions of councils and other local statutory organisations.
Participatory Budgeting is a fantastic antidote to the constant trickle of consultation over policy matters that have little relevance to people’s lives. It’s real, practical and meaningful. It gives people a say without requiring them to take over a service just to have a say over how it’s delivered.