Monthly Archives: October 2011

Learning by walking

Over the last few weeks, the five organisers working in Southwark (Nicholas, Zara, Ahmed, Kathleen and me) have been walking, talking and observing. We’ve each hosted a visit to our home neighbourhood and spent two to four hours walking the … Continue reading

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Organising as public participation

This week, I went to the launch of a briefing on local engagement in democracy from the Pathways through Participation (PtP) team. PtP is a research project led by NCVO in partnership with the Institute for Volunteering Research and Involve. … Continue reading

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Power is a verb

Power is central to community organising. Shifting power comes from listening to the real issues of citizens, reflecting on them and acting together to change the causes of those concerns. This week I have been reading Tim Gee’s new book … Continue reading

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Newsnight on Organiser Training

A short note to highlight that Newsnight on BBC2 last night ran the story about the training of community organisers. They covered some of our last day at Trafford Hall, followed Perry O’Brien – one of the other London organisers – to … Continue reading

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Building democracy one conversation at a time

We have made a start on our year’s training as community organisers. Five of us are hosted by Cambridge House in Camberwell and working in the community to develop a network of citizens. Our principle activity for the foreseeable future … Continue reading

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Training reflections

It’s hard to establish a new three day training course for a national programme with high level visibility and for me, RE:generate Trust did an excellent job in trying circumstances. Everyone acknowledged that the main training room was too small. … Continue reading

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Preparing to start organising

[Written on Friday 30 Sept, this is the last of three posts whilst on community organising training.] The third day of training started with another reflection from Julia Olsen, one of the founders of RE:generate Trust. She seems to be … Continue reading

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