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  • 1. Developing a Voluntary Sector Assembly Toby Blume Chief Executive, Urban Forum www.urbanforum.org.uk
  • 2. About Urban Forum
    • Helping community groups have a greater say over policy-making.
    • Research and consultation
    • Policy work and lobbying
    • Briefings and reports
    • Events and outreach
  • 3.
    • Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
    The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to
  • 4. Some possible goals…
    • Increased influence over decisions
    • A thriving third sector
    • United and coordinated
    • More than the sum of the parts
  • 5. Play to our strengths
  • 6.
    • Challenge
    • Inspire
    • Lead
    • Collaborate
    • Innovate
    • Do more for less
    At our best we…
  • 7. Acknowledge our weaknesses
  • 8.
    • Unaccountable & unrepresentative
    • Parochial
    • Serving self interest not beneficiaries
    • Moaning
    • Agents of the State
    But we have our moments…
  • 9. Some context
  • 10. The Past
  • 11. The Present
  • 12. Doom and Gloom? ‘ You should never let a serious crisis go to waste’ Rahm Emanuel (Barak Obama’s Chief of Staff)
  • 13.
    • Challenge
    • Inspire
    • Lead
    • Collaborate
    • Innovate
    • Do more for less
    Remember! We…
  • 14.
    • Open minded
    • Vocal
    • Creative
    • Prove our value
    • Act collectively
    • Nothing is off limits!
    Grasping the Opportunities
  • 15.
    • Democratic renewal is the new Empowerment
    • Tackling political extremists
    • Good community relations
    • Civic participation
    Current government priorities
  • 16. A Conservative government? ?
  • 17.
    • Labour legacy
    • ‘ Control Shift’
    • Support for activists
    • Infrastructure?
    A Conservative government?
  • 18.
    • Challenges and hardship ahead
    • Electoral success driving the short term
    • 13 years of access – unlucky for some?
    • Diversity, solidarity, equality
    Thriving or surviving?
  • 19. A shameless plug!
  • 20.
    • Stay honest and maintain your independence
    • Pick your battles – it’s a marathon not a sprint
    • Don’t get caught in political crossfire
    • Be in the solution business!
    Final thoughts