Why we need slow policy

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The Slow Food movement challenged the poor quality and damaging effects of fast food. Now we need a Slow Policy movement to tackle the damaging effects of government policy processes.

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Why we need slow policy

  1. 1. forget slow food... we need slow policy Julian Dobson • Urban Pollinators
  2. 2. home sweet home: the UK has a history of creating terrible places – through over-intervention or by ignoring the problems
  3. 3. but isn’t it easier just to blame the people?
  4. 4. seven steps to slow policy
  5. 5. step one: design for permanence, not transience create neighbourhood-focused and locally accountable housing organisations with a long term stake in each neighbourhood
  6. 6. step two: nurture community networks build networks of support and respect that value everyone’s time and talents, not just the abilities that command a market premium
  7. 7. step three: make welfare relational, not adversarial build trust and friendship to enable people to resolve their crises, instead of assuming ‘a job’ is the solution and punishing those who fail to find one
  8. 8. step four: create space to grow and thrive open up neglected spaces to give people the power to create a better environment
  9. 9. step five: live life at walking pace create spaces of activity and interest to build interaction, neighbourliness and opportunity
  10. 10. step six: design services for discretion and fluidity enable housing and welfare professionals to tailor advice and help to the unique circumstances of those who need support
  11. 11. step seven: empower people with a universal basic income give every citizen the ability to balance the social value of building community with the economic value of paid labour
  12. 12. “practice... is about making the ordinary special, and the special more widely accessible” ~ Nabeel Hamdi
  13. 13. thank you @juliandobson urbanpollinators.co.uk

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