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This has been up a month already and I haven’t spotted it!
So it goes. Was hoping to see something from the launch, so perhaps this is it.
Am only 4 pages into the report, but wanted to flag up a connection that doesn’t seem to have been made at the outset.
On p.2 you write ‘The social capital on which effective neighbourhood working depends is in some areas not strong and civil society infrastructure (including things like community networks) is under-developed in Birmingham.’
Then on p. 4 you write ‘The strategy should present young people as an asset and set out credible ideas that could help them to make their contribution to shaping and bettering neighbourhoods. It should, however, be up to neighbourhoods to come together to shape and form the demand for new initiatives like a young neighbourhood leaders’ programme. The neighbourhood strategy should avoid setting up a new structures when it can use, and adapt, existing ones.’
It seems to me that the ‘underdeveloped civic society infrastructure’ is just the flip side of ‘existing assets’ – sometimes in the form of youth, and sometimes in the form of neighbourhood networks, including unknown – or unacknowledged – networks.
I’m inclined to think that there are no areas of underdeveloped civil society infrastructure; that there just areas where that structure is unacknowledged, perhaps through lack of familiarity, or perhaps through an inclination to overlook the realities of that structure.
The conclusion to be drawn is that neighbourhood working may look unlike anything so far envisioned, if it develops through currently unrecognised primary and secondary networks.
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