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Our Society Ideas now mapped

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil Wilson Jul 8, 2011. 19 Replies

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David Wilcox commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"As a member of the core group, I'm with Lorna in feeling that Our Society has served its purpose. It may be possible to find the relatively small sum for hosting, and recruit other admins ... but is there likely to be any more activity and real…"
Jun 23
David Wilcox commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Thanks Paul - excellent points. On the name, as John said in his post: "Our Society" grew out of Big Society ... as  "Big Society was the government's story, Our Society is our story(ies)". As Big Society has faded - as…"
Jun 18
David Wilcox commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Neil - all It is interesting that much of the discussion has been around enterprise one way or another. Do of course feel free to blog or start a forum topic (thereby demonstrating that this platform may be useful:-) Does (our) society need greater…"
Jun 18
David Wilcox commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Thanks Paul - I agree it isn't just about online ... and I also feel online isn't making much of a difference. We have woken up ... John's post followed a lot of discussion among the core group. We could ask ... what value could Our…"
Jun 18
David Wilcox commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"As another member of the core group, with Julian, who helped get Our Society started, I too believe in the potential of online networks. As I wrote here, there are now quite a few online spaces, but not very joined up, not very lievely, and perhaps…"
Jun 18
John Farrar replied to David Wilcox's discussion Community organising resources in the group Community Organising
"Thanks Mark,   Sorry for taking so long to get back to you , I will try and get a few tips from you, I'm looking to try and establish if  CO might be suitable for my area Stoke -on-Trent , not aware that it has been tried before and…"
Apr 25
David Wilcox replied to Emma Lees's discussion Time to move Our Society forward?
"Thanks Emma - great idea. Just connecting with (but not pushing:-) stuff I'm doing 1. I've just posted a piece, by invitation, on the prestigious Slugger O'Toole site about the community assets game Drew and I are developing. We are…"
Mar 14

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Ideas from an exploration of People Powered Change

Posted on November 28, 2011 at 11:13 1 Comment

Over the past three months John Popham, Drew Mackie and I have working with the Big Lottery Fund to help develop ideas around People Powered Change - an initiative that BIG launched in March this year. You can see earlier discussion in the group here. I've just posted this update…


Transition gives us the best of ingredients for networking

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 16:27 1 Comment

I've just posted this over on socialreporters.net, where John Popham and I are helping the Big Lottery Fund explore the future of their People Powered Change initiative as a networked space for local projects and national partners to share experience and learn from each other.

Among networks that help local projects share experience, with support but not dominance from…


NALC campaigns for local London councils

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 12:51 0 Comments

It's a good time to talk about local democracy - whether the type you vote for, the type you get involved in, or both - and so I'm looking forward to the Create a Council event in London tomorrow evening.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) - which represents parish and town councils - argues that that "if local people are elected by their community to influence and make… Continue

Add your views and ideas on how to strength communities

Posted on October 14, 2011 at 17:48 4 Comments

Next week there's another chance to engage with researchers looking into how community groups and activists can achieve their aims in today's hard times. 

The Third Sector Research Centre is running a live online discussion in the evening of October 19 with a panel from our sister online community, the National Community Activists Network. There's a summary of an earlier online discussion…


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At 21:44 on May 23, 2011, Joe Taylor said…

Cheers David

Good talking to you today



At 19:03 on April 27, 2011, Phil Green said…
Hi David, hoping you might be interested to join Visual Camp group here on Our Society
At 19:32 on April 11, 2011, Mary Doyle said…



Good to hear from you.  Having taken early retirement from the DTA, now merged with bassac & called Locality.  I'm only able to speak for the Bootstrap Company of which I'm chair see: www.bootstrapcompany.co.uk/.  Big issue how can the cuts we are seeing be compatible with the Big Society or did I miss something...


Mary :-)

At 10:00 on March 9, 2011, Mandeep Hothi said…
thanks for the welcome David. I look forward to contributing!
At 10:13 on March 1, 2011, Alan Whistlecraft said…

Hi David

Not really keen to post publicly about our dealings with YSM as we're still trying to do some work with them - they ain't easy to deal with. Suffice to say there's only one way of doing things, and surprisingly it's theirs.


At 16:14 on January 31, 2011, Viv Long-Ferguson said…
Hello you
At 14:46 on January 26, 2011, Phil Green said…

Hi David, wondered if you'd be interested to join Our society international

Thanks for additions to Our sustainable society

At 13:46 on December 10, 2010, Nick Denys said…

Hello David,

Thanks for the message. The ideas behind the "Our Society" concept look really good. Having a messy, bottom-up, evolutinary approach is the best way to deveolp good ideas. I will have a proper look around the site at the weekend.

Best wishes,



At 12:54 on December 9, 2010, Sophie Ballinger said…
Hi David & welcome to Our Society!

This network is in the early stages of development so we'd very much appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have. I've set up a Feedback Forum for this, so please do share your thoughts there.

You can read a bit more about Our Society and what we hope to achieve by having a read of our About Us page.

As a quick way to get the ball rolling, please feel free to say hello and tell us a bit about yourself in the "Who are you?" thread.

Thanks again for joining, please contact me if you have any problems, and do feel free to set up your own group or discussion - I'm happy to assist with either.

~ Soph
At 14:01 on December 3, 2010, Sophie Ballinger said…
Hi David, and welcome! :)

It's all looking a bit sparse for now, but I'll give you full admin rights - do make yourself at home...

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