Our Society for Dudley Arts Council

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This presentation was used to introduce Our Society at the AGM of Dudley Arts Council at Stourbridge Town Hall on 14 December 2011. It is based on a presentation created by Sophie Ballinger and Emma Lees, I simply added some Dudley stuff!

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Our Society for Dudley Arts Council

  1. 2. Who are we? Supported by @juliandobson @johnpopham @sospot @dosticen @davidwilcox @LadyLowe @watfordgap @philralph
  2. 3. How did we start? <ul><li>Day 1: 1 blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Day 2: 4 people in a café </li></ul><ul><li>Day 4: Online forum launched </li></ul><ul><li>Day 12: 100 people attend event </li></ul><ul><li>July 2011: 20,000 web visits to online forum </li></ul><ul><li>Today: 594 members </li></ul><ul><li>… all pretty much for free </li></ul>
  3. 4. Limited resources <ul><li>Spend to date: approx £129 online costs, travel, CDX support </li></ul><ul><li>Freebies: Venues & food, eventbrite, logo/brand, goodwill… </li></ul>
  4. 5. From north focus to Our Society <ul><li>Started as Big Society in the North </li></ul><ul><li>Interest from Dudley, the South West and other areas </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to step away from and challenge the Big Society label </li></ul>
  5. 6. Is Big Society a “dead parrot”? I’m not an ex parrot!
  6. 7. Challenge: Identity v. ownership <ul><li>We are not an organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Individual opinion </li></ul><ul><li>Clear mission statement </li></ul><ul><li>Links to local networks </li></ul><ul><li>Save the baby! </li></ul>
  7. 8. Our Society in Dudley Borough <ul><li>LSP sign up </li></ul><ul><li>Our Society Steering Group </li></ul><ul><li>Our Society Planning Group </li></ul><ul><li>In job descriptions and work plans </li></ul>
  8. 9. Our Society in Dudley Borough <ul><li>Activity to test change and develop evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Working with senior decision-makers </li></ul><ul><li>Visit from Cabinet Office </li></ul><ul><li>Voluntary Sector Network event </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrating community activity </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Dudley Council’s approach </li></ul>
  9. 10. Community Rights project
  10. 11. Community Rights project
  11. 12. Our Society: A Guide <ul><li>Policy context and drivers, vision and approach </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying existing and new social assets </li></ul><ul><li>Rethinking structures as networks/systems </li></ul><ul><li>Changing roles </li></ul><ul><li>Methods (toolkits, frameworks, knowledge hub) </li></ul><ul><li>Practical steps which Dudley can take </li></ul>
  12. 13. Community Lover’s Guide
  13. 15. Social Spaces game
  14. 16. Social Spaces game
  15. 17. Arts groups and citizens can do this together
  16. 18. 1. Arts groups can do this in partnership 2. Support we would like…
  17. 19. <ul><li>@dosticen </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>01384 573381 </li></ul>Join Our Society: www.oursociety.org.uk Join the local discussion: www.oursocietydudley.org.uk
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