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    • SWK 1048Developing Enterprising Communities Tim Curtis and Al Bell
    • • Community Organising• Social Entrepreneurship• Social Challenges• Means of access to finance-Credit Union• Means of access to sustainable transport• Means of access to property- assets
    • Guiding Lights• Based on Paulo Freire (Brazilian educator) – Pedagogy of the Oppressed – listening, dialogue, consciousness-raising• Saul Alinsky (Chicago rebel) – Rules for Radicals, tactics for effective organising• Clodomir Santos de Morais – A Future for the Excluded – entrepreneurial awareness, wealth creation by the poorDrawing on these and other theory & practice tocreate an indigenous English 21st centurycommunity organising movement.
    • An example....• In January 2000 dozens of Marsh Farm residents formed a partnership with Luton Borough council and several other key agencies delivering services to the estate, in a bid to secure NDC funding of £48.3 million to regenerate the community over 10 years• £839,000 New Deal for Communities funding allocated in Marsh Farm was lost to the estate following severe mismanagement (at least) of public funds by managers at the Marsh Farm Community Development Trust (MFCDT) who are the delivery agency responsible for funding the project.• A complete absence of any effective financial monitoring systems allowed hundreds of thousands of pounds to be spent without authority to cover up massive overspending by a few multinational companies who were carrying out other works for MFCDT.• This led to loss of the OW funds which were allocated by the board of MFCDT specifically for job creation by and for unemployed locals.• An internal inquiry held subsequently found that severe mismanagement of public funding by Trust managers was responsible.• A high court judge also made severe criticisms of the way public funding was handled, none of which recovers the lost funding of course.• This has been given to multi million pound companies who pay their executives more in bonuses than the cost of our entire project...wheres the justice in that?• http://www.marshfarmoutreach.org.uk/PDF%27s/Final-OW-Business-Case-December- 2008.pdf
    • de Morais• OW is a workshop that provides training in the ideology and practice of cooperativism by problematizing and dismantling the‘‘artisan consciousness’’ (conciencia artesanal) of the cooperative’s membership, equipping them instead with the more sophisticated and flexible worker’s‘‘organizational consciousness’’ (conciencia organizac-ional)• defined, in contrast to the former, as the comprehensive technical, social, communicative, and organizational ‘‘mentality’’ that a group of people re-quires in order to work together and run a collectively owned enterprise.• On the ground, this basic schematic ideally translates into short- term, relatively large-scale workshops that emphasize an interactive and pragmatic pedagogy, following Freire, in which participants ‘‘learn by doing.’’
    • • development specialists have also recognized the limitations of the small-scale lending model, incapable as it is of effecting structural change or giving rise to formal- sector enterprises that are large enough to carve out a competitive edge for themselves in the global marketplace(Gulli 1998) • real development cannot consist in a mere transferof skills (i.e., learning), capital (i.e., redistribution), or power (i.e., empowerment) from one party to another, whether by dint of social assistance or poverty alleviation. • Participants have at their disposal the tools of their own liberationhttp://highpoint.academia.edu/JoshFisher/Papers/757712/Building_Consciousness_The_Organization_Workshop_Comes_to_a_Nicaraguan_Cooperative
    • Civic and mutual respect• “Civic solidarity is how one aligns oneself (ali- nearse) and one’s attitudes toward the group, recognizing that, regardless of disagreements we might have, a common thread binds our fates together. Sometimes that thread may be strained by disagreements or outside factors, but we’ve learned that in order to make it strong we need to communicate and respect one another”
    • Principles• organizational reigns would be handed over to the workshop’s participants;• The ‘‘objective’’ of the capacitation was open ended and was open to participants’ definition;• the role of the facilitator was only to function as an intermediary, encouraging the active and critical reflection of the participants
    • So......• This term- Community Organisers workbook plus examples• Next term- social entrepreneurship workshops, driven by your ideas
    • Assignment• Simple responses to community assets workbook tasks - 80%• Mini business plan- 10%• Mostly about effort rather than writing