The technology is there - the hard part is collaboration
@AnneMarie, I've got a featured project on ThePlaceStation but many report difficulties in logging on to support. They may not be arriving from Facebook
Associated with this is a hyperlocal site focussed on community development:
There's a site where hyperlocal community sites are listed but having submitted two, after several weeks they are still not visible and I suspect the site is defunct..
I know it's going to be difficult to illustrate this impact of speaking truth to power when we do most of our impact creation overseas but as you may read from my article comment today on Social Enterprise magazine there are impacts now visible where speaking to power has resulted in change to government policy.
These are illustrations of impact in the context of your suggestion not meant as any blueprint for a way forward or any priority. I'm offering examples of how it's been able to lead to change.
What I can demonstrate are impacts which begin by pitching to or challenging those in power. Another example is the impact of persuading a government to adopt childcare policies which then lead to a 40% increase in domestic adoption,
These are all individual and quite complex stories which can be related in separate threads.
Ok Allan, to take this a step further this issue becomes core focus for a community development strategy plan which relates how capiltalism can be deployed for social outcomes, which is the theme David Cameron picks up at Davos. The plan leverages support from USAID and that leads to a relationship with the British Council who determine to implement part of the plan, social enterprise development, under their own banner.. Which gives us something else to speak up about as it omits both us and the children identified as the greatest need.
In another example it's tackling the obstacles to devolved power which are big business and the people at the local government level who want least to share.
One of our own examples was a challenge and not the first, to organised crime feeding off institutional childcare neglect and speaking out was acknowledged as an Example of Excellence by BT Betterworld.
The same institution described in the article was the subject of a recent Sunday Times piece on the orphanage in Torez, Ukraine.
Coming back to this, it's the people and their needs first ideal which we're talking about with people-centered economic development as the name suggests itakes the bottom line one step further: to people, past numbers
Are we talking of the same thing?
There is such a thing in my area albeit about 10 miles away
I've already "connected" with them and made them aware of a medium for community action:
I'll invite them to participate here.
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What we've been doing to leverage localised "people-centered economic development" is very much along these lines. Having proven the approach in the success of leveraging 10,000 micro-businesses in Russia, the plan we created in 2004 was focussed on funding UK social enterprise. We know how do do it and have done it internationally.
Just today I Iearned it's being put forward as a completely new approach locally and top down by an organisation called Gloucestershire First from public funds rather than the continuous community re-invest approach dismissed 7 years ago.
I need others to stand beside me more than ever to defend the bottom up approach..