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Taking Back Control: Why community power matters to our economy and society and what gets in its way - Vidhya Alakeson (CEO, Power to Change)

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This was presented at mySociety's TICTeC Local 2019 conference, which was held on 1st November 2019 at City Hall in London. More details on the conference can be found here: https://tictec.mysociety.org/local/2019

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Taking Back Control: Why community power matters to our economy and society and what gets in its way - Vidhya Alakeson (CEO, Power to Change)

  1. 1. Taking Back Control Vidhya Alakeson Chief Executive, Power to Change Why community power matters to our economy and society and what gets in its way
  2. 2. Four interlocking crises Regional inequality Loss of social infrastructure Crisis of representative democracy Climate change
  3. 3. Regional inequality
  4. 4. Loss of social infrastructure
  5. 5. Crisis of representative democracy
  6. 6. Climate change
  7. 7. Four ways communities are taking power 6,300 community-­ owned buildings and land Credit unions, crowd funding, community shares Local authority services, social prescribing Neighbourhood planning, resident-­led regeneration Community ownership Community finance Community-­led service delivery Community decision-­making
  8. 8. Four ways communities are taking power 6,300 community-­ owned buildings and land Community ownership Credit unions, crowd funding, community shares Community finance Local authority services, social prescribing Community-­led service delivery Neighbourhood planning, resident-­led regeneration Community decision-­making
  9. 9. Four ways communities are taking power 6,300 community-­ owned buildings and land Community ownership Credit unions, crowd funding, community shares Community finance Local authority services, social prescribing Community-­led service delivery Neighbourhood planning, resident-­led regeneration Community decision-­making
  10. 10. Four ways communities are taking power 6,300 community-­ owned buildings and land Community ownership Credit unions, crowd funding, community shares Community finance Local authority services, social prescribing Community-­led service delivery Neighbourhood planning, resident-­led regeneration Community decision-­making
  11. 11. Four ways communities are taking power 6,300 community-­ owned buildings and land Community ownership Credit unions, crowd funding, community shares Community finance Local authority services, social prescribing Community-­led service delivery Neighbourhood planning, resident-­led regeneration Community decision-­making
  12. 12. Community business market 9,000 community businesses in England 33,600 staff employed (the average community business employs nine members of staff) £0.6bn in assets 125,200 volunteers
  13. 13. Homebaked A community-run bakery and land trust in Liverpool
  14. 14. We Can Make Bristol A community housing developer in Bristol
  15. 15. Wight Community Energy A community energy business on the Isle of Wight
  16. 16. Four barriers to greater community power Policy Finance Community capacity Risk appetite
  17. 17. Ultimately it’s all about power Nobody is telling us what to do. At every step, this is guided by us. The people of the place have sorted it out for themselves and for the new people who are now moving in. Ronnie Hughes Granby Four Streets
  18. 18. Thank you Contact details @vidhyaalakeson vidhya.alakeson@powertochange.org.uk

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