‘Bottom Up’ is the New Black
Leeds – Dec 1st
Whether it is more ‘civic enterprise’, community engagement or ‘Big Society,’ people with power, but increasingly little money, are looking for new ways to get things done. The large capital infrastructure projects have not given us more inclusive communities and now we can’t afford them any way, so in some quarters at least interest is shifting from old school top down strategy to a more emergent process of bottom up development. To processes where large numbers of people can shape their own futures and as a result the futures of the communities that they live in.
But making the shift from top down to bottom up is far from easy….
Over the last few years I have been developing low and no cost approaches to economic, personal and community development leading to new projects such as:
- Progress Schools
- Community Conversations
- Local Community Enterprise Accelerators (‘Elsies’)
- Innovation Labs and
- Results Factories
These are my best efforts to provide an infrastructure that allows the private, public, third sector and those of ‘no sector’ to give and get the help that they need to develop enterprising projects and people, and for the development of ‘community’ by building relationships and networks around local activists. To bring ‘bottom up’ development to life.
This one day masterclass will provide:
- an overview of the ‘responsive’, bottom up philosophy that underpins each of these projects and its relationship to more commonly found ‘strategic efforts at community development and strategy implementation
- the implications for strategists and policy developers of the patterns and themes for development that emerge from these bottom up activities
- practical ‘warts and all’ insights into each of the 5 projects listed above including their progress, impact and cost base
- an exploration of the links between the various projects and how they work together to provide an infrastructure for progress
- an overview of the factors that drive their development and an exploration of how these can be managed
- insights into how the projects manage social inclusion
- opportunities to explore how these projects can be used to inform economic, community and personal development in your own area.
Who Should Attend?
- Professionals and practitioners interested in new apporaches to economic and community development
- Councillors and lcoal authority staff with responsibility for neighbourhoods and community
- Representatives from the private sector with an interest in community and neighbourhood development, corporate social repsonsibility or looking to develop links with their community
- Funders looking for new ideas in community development and regneration
- Local people looking for affordable and accessible approaches to community development