- 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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This weekend I joined over two hundred people at the first Action Camp for the Locality community organiser programme. The free to participants event ran from mid-day on Saturday to mid afternoon on Monday at Keele University campus near Stoke … Continue reading
For years, I worked on behalf of the community sector to help central government (and the voluntary sector) change their assumptions about community groups and small charities. In governance terms, I was advocating a lighter touch regime for un-constituted and … Continue reading
Listening to the views of loads of people gives me a sense of what troubles this area. People mention some things again and again: youth troubles, poor response to maintenance and repair calls, fears for the future of their flats. … Continue reading
It’s easy to condemn a place by reputation. There is no doubt that the Aylesbury estate in Walworth suffers from ‘estatism’. Built between 1963 and 1977 as one of the largest public housing estates in Europe and offering spacious and … Continue reading
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