Join the Conversation – on Cutting Red Tape »

Join the Conversation – on Cutting Red Tape

Standing Up for Birmingham Conversation on Cutting ‘Red Tape’ at The Fireside Centre on Pershore St – opposite the gates to the City Wholesale Market, 5.30-7pm on Thursday 17 April   Hi, We’ll be starting the conversation at 5.30pm sharp.  Drinks and cake will be available through the evening provided by Birgit and her colleagues […]

Social Innovation: Markets, Love and Getting Better at it… »

Social Innovation: Markets, Love and Getting Better at it…

Last summer, I spent time asking various groups of people where they (or anyone) should go if they have a good idea for improving the way public services work.  The answer was that there are no accessible and widely-recognised means for doing this.  There are ways for making your good idea happen…  if it’s a […]

Talking City Time Economy »

Talking City Time Economy

Behind the brash front of material progress, an economy measured in hours – not pounds – goes largely unremarked.  But this economy – the time economy -  is what makes cities and regions succeed or fail.  The value of unpaid time spent by friends, families and neighbours looking after the sick is worth more than […]

Community Assets Conversation »

Community Assets Conversation

How can a local authority – facing spending cuts and no longer able to do anything beyond the statutory minimum – encourage better use of community assets to deliver services?  What, in fact, are ‘community assets’ and what does owning them entail? Chamberlain Forum is aiming to develop policy based on the experience and know-how […]

Conversation: Cutting Red Tape – 17 April 2014 »

Conversation: Cutting Red Tape – 17 April 2014

One thing that makes a lot people think of the Council – is also the thing that irritates them most: ‘red tape’.  It’s the all-purpose phrase we use to sum up how public authorities seem repeatedly to snatch unimaginative and oppressive defeat from the jaws of common sense victory.  It’s why it costs the Council […]

Community Assets Conversation – Fireside, Birmingham 13 March 2014 »

Community Assets Conversation – Fireside, Birmingham 13 March 2014

What are community assets; are communities assets in themselves?  What difference does owning land and buildings in common make, and why?  Can Birmingham make more of community assets to create wealth and better public services? Join the next Chamberlain Forum Standing Up For Birmingham conversation at Change Kitchen at The Fireside, Pershore Street opposite Birmingham’s […]

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