In politics, no one ‘gives away’ power unless, by doing so, they gain greater force behind their argument, or speed and direction for the actions it entails. That is not the same as saying ‘no one gives away power’; but it is saying that no one gives away power without some good reason. For government and for future councils, the first step to successful devolution has to be to listen to the people they want to give power to?
Timebanks let people and organisations swap time and skills using hours as currency, not money. That means you can use a timebank to do more of what you’re good at and enjoy – and get help with the things you need. In Birmingham, there are now half a dozen local timebanks with hundreds of members […]
This public event is about getting citizens and communities engaged in improving Birmingham and the city council. It is for anyone who thinks this is a priority. The meeting will look at how to make sure, both: that the council improves its community enagagement; and that citizens have active ways of challenging and assisting the council’s improvement. Context Birmingham is […]
Join the Chamberlain Forum for the Birmingham launch of Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics, the new book from Simon Parker. One of the key issues of our time is the question of where power and governance should lie. Should they be centrally controlled, drawing on efficiencies of scale and gathered knowledge? Or should they […]
‘You weren’t allowed to open a factory here in the 1950s. The Government said you had to do that in Merseyside.’ A memory of Birmingham that isn’t often talked about – shared, as it happens, at a residents’ meeting in Quinton last night. At the meeting (of Beech Lane Neighbourhood Forum), we were talking about […]
Should cities in England be in a position to run more of their own affairs? Given that England is one of the most centralised countries in the developed world; that it is economically divided – with the fortunes of London and the South East apparently disconnected from the rest of the country; and looking at […]