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Emma Lees & Sophie Ballinger's presentation at the Empowerment Works event

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Empowerment SW Our Society Jun 2011 Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Emma Lees & Sophie Ballinger Community Empowerment in the South West Taunton, 29 June 2011
  • 2. Who are we? Supported by @juliandobson @johnpopham @sospot @dosticen @davidwilcox @LadyLowe @watfordgap @philralph
  • 3. How did we start?
    • Day 1: 1 blog post
    • Day 2: 4 people in a café
    • Day 4: Online forum launched
    • Day 12: 100 people attend event
    • … all for free
  • 4. From north focus to Our Society
    • Interest from a wider audience
    • Step away from/challenge BS label
  • 5. Is Big Society a “dead parrot”? I’m not an ex parrot!
  • 6. North focus to Our Society?
    • Interest from a wider audience
    • Step away from/challenge BS label
    • Co-design process for official launch
    • Gap in the market? Big Society Network is not a network…
  • 7. Successes
    • The online community: 500+ members, 20k web visits (70k views)
    • Press interest from Channel 4, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio, Guardian, Third Sector, Civil Society, and more
    • Invitations to the table… Nat Wei (RIP)
    • Big Lottery challenge – Your Square Mile
    • 5 events, 250 people
  • 8. Our Society Dudley
    • Our Society in someone’s job description
    • Our Society South-West?
  • 9. Limited resources
    • Spend to date: approx £129 online costs, travel, CDX support
    • Freebies: Venues & food, eventbrite, logo/brand, goodwill…
  • 10. Challenges
    • The debate
    • Diverse membership
    • Keeping it fresh
    • Online versus offline
    • Do actions speak louder than words?
  • 11. Challenge: Identity v. ownership
    • We are not an organisation
    • Individual opinion
    • Clear mission statement
    • Links to local networks
    • Save the baby!
  • 12. What’s next?
    • Different approach to events
    • Continuing to do more for less
    • Honest, open debate…
    • Sharing & promoting stories
    • Supporting local action
    • Localism in practice/Our Society local
  • 13. Ta! 
    • @LadyLowe
    • [email_address]
    • 07875 489 812
    @sospot [email_address] 07970 154 810 Join Our Society: www.oursociety.org.uk Get CDX updates: bit.ly/CDXSignup