Appalled by the effect of cuts on your community? But you want to improve public services, not defend them? I was speaking to one of Birmingham’s genuine social entrepreneurs yesterday. He was telling me about his experience of making his voice heard in relation to cuts in public services. The cuts are having a real [...]
You can tell a lot about a society and its politics by its architecture: conservative and re-assuring, or brutal and ‘new’. But where would a future historian look for the defining architecture of today and what would they find? Ambiguity? Lack of conviction? A growing feeling that both architecture and politics have grown irrelevant? If they looked harder, might they find architecture, of a different sort, that promises – for the first time in our history – the potential to build structures that will support genuine democracy at last?
The ‘No’ vote given to a Directly Elected Mayor in Birmingham on May 3 was reflected in most wards across the city. Only two – Ladywood and Edgbaston returned a majority of votes in favour. There were, however, significant differences across the city in terms of the percentage of voters in favour: ranging from nearly [...]
How to celebrate UN International Day of Non-Violence? Take a look at the life of Gandhi and what he said about the State and personal responsibility. Don’t look for Government actions – we should take power and responsibility for ourselves writes Chamberlain Forum Director, Paul Slatter.
Who’s to blame for the riots that’ve swept our towns and cities in recent nights. What about… me? Where do I fit in the picture? Because the truth is I could have done more…
What do you call a group of residents who manage a vital local public service with a turnover of hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of pounds? One answer might be a TMO. TMO stands for Tenant Management Organisation. There are more than 200 TMOs in England managing more than 84,000 homes – about 3% [...]