We have two webinars coming up that are about regeneration and community building and you are invited to join them.
The first one is on Monday Jan 30th and is called Civil Society Beyond The Radar and you can register at http://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/events/41608212/
Civil Society is much more than what we call the voluntary sector or non-government organistions. It is the many thousands of community associations across the country that engage in a variety of different activities. This webinar is about the hundreds of thousands of community associations that make up civil society and often go unnoticed. How important are they, how can their autonomy be maintained and indeed how essential is that. We will also look at the impact of current policy/recession/deficit reduction on small community groups and also how the Big Society agenda could make that “social glue” come unstuck if it is handled in a too prescriptive way.
The Second Webinar is on Wednesday February 8th and is about Rebuilding Lives in the 21st Century. You can register for that at http://www.meetup.com/21stCenturyNetwork/events/41105042/
The 21st Century is likely to be marked with increasing instability and security challenges across the globe, as the combined impacts of resource shortages, climate change, ethnic and religious polarisation and societal inequalities bite ever deeper. In this Webinar Robert Pye will describe how the organization Ethos is keen to work with interested and concerned members of GlobalNet21 to “rebuild lives.” By developing infrastructure capability building, Ethos is are eager to recruit individuals and organisations with first-hand experience and to uncover some approaches to funding pilot projects and experiments.
Community Building is only one of the themes that we will be covering in the first six months of this year. Other themes that we will be discussing either planned or in discussion are,
- Social Enterprise & Its Effectiveness
- Sustainable Leadership in the 21st Century
- Inequality & Society
- Social Cohesion and Diversity
- Beliefs, Religion & Politics
- Transforming Education
- Creating More From Less – The 21st Century Imperative
- The Green Planet verses Blue Planet Debate
- Going Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility
- Strengthening Civil Society
- Citizen Journalism & The Public Square
- Working with Marginalised Groups
The last two topics will culminate in a Photographic Exhibition that we are staging in May of this year on Photography and Marginalised groups.
So it looks like being an active six months ahead. Looking forward to you joining in.