Leicester Assembly Oct 09

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Leicester Assembly Oct 09

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

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