Our Society

Social action. Honest exchange. Grounded learning.

Our Purpose

Social action. Honest exchange. Grounded learning.

Join us to be inspired by possibilities, share your struggles, and learn together


Our Society is:

  • a place to be inspired by possibilities and celebrate achievements
  • a place to share your struggles and engage in honest, open discussion
  • a support network where you can ask for advice, offer help, promote your activities
  • a learning exchange where you tell your story, hear others’ experiences, and find resources

Our Society aims to connect people who are genuinely concerned to move power into communities and who help others to improve their shared lives and environment. We are here to share ways of achieving social, economic and environmental benefit where you live and among your communities of interest.

We see value in many of the ideas advocated under the Big Society label – local decision-making, mutual support within communities, strengthening civic institutions and wider civic participation. We believe they belong within a wider context of social action that has a long history and a future beyond the programmes and initiatives of different governments.

It’s important that at a time when much of the infrastructure that supports community action is under threat, we find ways to continue supporting each other, sharing experiences and concerns, and creating honest dialogue rather than selling brands.


Our Society aims to provide a space where people can :

  • share their stories and struggles as they see them
  • be inspired by their peers’ successes and achievements
  • keep a record of good work that may be lost through spending cuts
  • highlight the ‘forgotten society’ of those left behind in an unequal nation
  • make connections with others who are engaged in related activities
  • learn from others’ experiences
  • ask for help or advice
  • support those who are isolated or under pressure
  • meet up
  • share expertise and offer valued services
  • explore new opportunities
  • lay the foundations for new approaches to social action


Our Society welcomes those of all political views who share these objectives. We are aiming to develop this network in partnership with our members and there will be a co-design process over the next few months where you can help to steer and shape this network.  Watch this space for more information soon.

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Comment by Terence on June 17, 2012 at 17:31

Reg: Right. Now, uh, item four: attainment of world supremacy within the next five years. Uh, Francis, you've been doing some work on this.

Francis: Yeah. Thank you, Reg. Well, quite frankly, siblings, I think five years is optimistic, unless we can smash the Roman empire within the next twelve months.

Reg: Twelve months?

Francis: Yeah, twelve months. And, let's face it. As empires go, this is the big one, so we've got to get up off our arses and stop just talking about it!

Comment by ROBIN MACFARLANE on April 10, 2012 at 21:47

Hi, Started britishseniorcitizensParty to promote link between Philanthropy/Democracy. Soon found that the ppl have been robbed of their Independent Reps and given Party dogma in it's place. Same in America. So now trying to build The Peoples Democracy over again.Pls use my website and tweets to further debate if you wish.

I favour Regional Assemblies where local CCLs are elected by the people & County CCls elected by ppl from local CCl, then Regional Assemblies elected from County CCls & MP's from County CCls.This gives our MPs a career & promotion path driven by the people. Don't need 650 0f them at Westminster so saving Saleries,expenses,2nd homes etc. there is now a big drive to break the mould of party politics that has failed us for 60yrs Like to hear other ideas. best Regards Robin Macfarlane

Comment by Phil Green on March 16, 2011 at 11:33
Comment by Phil Green on February 20, 2011 at 18:28

Possibly related

1.  discussion  and comment  "...there must be a collective understanding and shared vision underpinning the diversity?"

If and when the time is right for co-designing something like this or 'shared values' I'd advocate using mixedink.com  eg co-developing the text from our society's 'About us' page

2. discussion and comment

"Complementing the practical suggestions I am especially attracted by Lorna's efforts to set out a simple framework of 'Our Society' principles ('Without vision the people will perish' etc.). Of course any set of principles will always be the subject of further debate and efforts at better formulation but in the local complexities we face, having a more-or-less agreed 'compass' should contribute to building alliances, shaping priority action and reviewing progress."

(not sure which of Lorna's postings are being refered to here?)

Perhaps better to have one main source for oursociety's best stab at shared vision / values / principles / purposes / aims eg oursociety's Our Purpose page (it may not be obvious to all members that the main tab links to a page as well as the sub tabs)

'About us' curently duplicates that (both currently talk about 'aims' for example). Would be better if 'about us' covered all other stuff outside of 'aim' (to avoid confusion) although could still include a link to the 'our purpose' page to make it clear that aims are covered on that separate page.

Correct me if I'm wrong but neither page has been subject to co-design beyond the core group as yet?

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