Do you know the difference between an MP and a Councillor? What about a PCT and a Foundation Hospital; or an OCU and a ACC? And how are they all accountable to you? How does your local influencing know-how measure up? And what about your skills and your tactics for influencing? Birmingham’s Resident University moves on from the intriguing, thoughtful lecture by Phillip Blond in Balsall Heath last night, to tonight’s seminar on Influencing Local Decisions in Handsworth.
We’re looking at know-how, skills and the need to network; building a shared ‘disempowerment checklist’; sharing power quotes and tactics; looking up some good websites and watching some bits of video including:
Naseem Akhtar of the Saheli Group talking about women influencing decisions (recorded as part of the b:cen Diversity Action Plan).
Saeed ul-Haque of Lozells Neighbourhood Forum talking about how he would like local services to engage (recorded as part of the work Chamberlain Forum did setting up Life in Lozells).
Influencing Local Decisions – Resident University Seminar – is at Nishkam Centre, Soho Road, Handsworth at 6.30-9pm tonight – book a place at www.residentuniversity.org or call 07795 448 462.