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Empowerment SW Our Society Jun 2011

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

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Empowerment SW Our Society Jun 2011

  1. 1. Emma Lees & Sophie Ballinger Community Empowerment in the South West Taunton, 29 June 2011
  2. 2. Who are we? Supported by @juliandobson @johnpopham @sospot @dosticen @davidwilcox @LadyLowe @watfordgap @philralph
  3. 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>… all for free </li></ul>
  4. 4. From north focus to Our Society <ul><li>Interest from a wider audience </li></ul><ul><li>Step away from/challenge BS label </li></ul>
  5. 5. Is Big Society a “dead parrot”? I’m not an ex parrot!
  6. 6. North focus to Our Society? <ul><li>Interest from a wider audience </li></ul><ul><li>Step away from/challenge BS label </li></ul><ul><li>Co-design process for official launch </li></ul><ul><li>Gap in the market? Big Society Network is not a network… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Successes <ul><li>The online community: 500+ members, 20k web visits (70k views) </li></ul><ul><li>Press interest from Channel 4, BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio, Guardian, Third Sector, Civil Society, and more </li></ul><ul><li>Invitations to the table… Nat Wei (RIP) </li></ul><ul><li>Big Lottery challenge – Your Square Mile </li></ul><ul><li>5 events, 250 people </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Society Dudley <ul><li>Our Society in someone’s job description </li></ul><ul><li>Our Society South-West? </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Challenges <ul><li>The debate </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse membership </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping it fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Online versus offline </li></ul><ul><li>Do actions speak louder than words? </li></ul>
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. What’s next? <ul><li>Different approach to events </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing to do more for less </li></ul><ul><li>Honest, open debate… </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing & promoting stories </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting local action </li></ul><ul><li>Localism in practice/Our Society local </li></ul>
  13. 13. Ta!  <ul><li>@LadyLowe </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>07875 489 812 </li></ul>@sospot [email_address] 07970 154 810 Join Our Society: Get CDX updates: