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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Is community organising just what’s needed in these tough times?

Date: July 04 2011

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing their backing for a programme of 5,000 community organisers. But what is ‘community organising’? The intellectual heritage of the concept is complex – the US tradition of Saul Alinksy, more confrontational and disruptive, drawing on the power of... Find out more

Banking on the Big Society

Date: June 02 2011

Posted by: Jack Graham, Jon Huggett

This May the government endorsed a Big Society Bank to invest an unprecedented £260M in social enterprise. This looks pretty impressive against the £360M that Labour injected into social investment over 13 years. Big Society rhetoric promises better public services provided by social entrepreneurs, but the reality, sadly, seems to be privatisation to a handful... Find out more

Wanted: an opportunity to age well

Date: March 29 2011

Posted by: Yvonne Roberts

A recent report by the King’s Fund suggests that there will be a social care funding gap of £1 billion by 2014 unless councils can achieve unprecedented efficiency savings. The impact of the funding gap could have a knock on effect on the NHS with cuts to frontline social care services leading to fewer people... Find out more

Aspirations from the street

Date: March 22 2011

Posted by: Nina Mguni

On a cold winter’s day, late in the afternoon, I am trying to persuade Asad to come along to emotional resilience training, called ‘Face Up’. The training is taking place in the Wealdstone Resource Centre, a community hub hosting a youth centre, medical centre and library. The centre is a few metres from where we... Find out more