- Mark Parker is a community organiser in the London Borough of Southwark. I am just setting out on the journey toward becoming an effective organiser and this is a place for me to reflect on the experience and what I am learning. I hope you will join in and offer your thoughts, so that we can turn my comments and ideas into a conversation.
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I’m sorry to say that due to losing broadband connection at my home, I am unable to post my normal blog this week. I hope to be able to return next Wednesday if I can obtain connection again. In the … Continue reading
I want to wish all my readers a very happy Christmas and fantastic New Year. I hope you get the ideas, dreams and stories for Christmas that you deserve and that you get your community organised in the New Year. … Continue reading
Working as a community activist can be very isolating. People who grasp what you are about are few and far between. There are always those nagging doubts that you can’t be sure you’ve handled the dilemmas of community in the … Continue reading
As the year draws to a close, I thought I would take the opportunity to pick out a few books that have made an impression on me this year. I have of course been community organising since October but before … Continue reading
Politics always comes with assumptions attached. For example people on the doorstep have said to me ‘It’s all about voting’ or ‘Anything controversial is political’. Everyday political conversation is surrounded by conventions and a strange kind of etiquette. When I … Continue reading
Standing in a doorway on the sunless side of the street, I got into conversation with an elderly man this week. He was as he said ‘born and bred’ in Walworth and now nearing 80 was ready to move away. … Continue reading