A working one-day conference for policy-makers, innovators and community leaders timed to coincide with the Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Select Committee Inquiry into Adult Social Care which will focus upon:
- Rethinking the relationship between Government and Public Services and the Citizens and Communities they aspire to serve, and
- Building upon the relationships, families and communities that are fundamental to how we care for each other throughout our lives in order to ensure decent lives and citizenship for all.
“Our problem is weak communities, made ever more impotent by strong service systems … Care cannot be produced, provided, managed, organized, administered or commodified. Care is the only thing a system cannot produce. Every institutional effort to replace the real thing is counterfeit.” (Professor John McKnight, ABCD Institute – ‘The Careless Society’ (1995)
What do we need to do to rekindle the relationship between citizens and their institutions?
How might we all benefit from the abundance of talents and resources that exist beyond Serviceland?
We need to tap into the vast array of talent and capacity that lies outside Serviceland. But this is not about markets:
“… markets of this kind have inherent problems. They do not provide the basis for sustained creativity and innovation to explore difficult complex puzzles. This is a kind of problem solving that comes only from intense collaboration.” (Charles Leadbeater – ‘We think’).
Spend an inspiring day co-creating viable solutions with leading UK practitioners, leaders and innovators who are working on these issues every day, including:
John Seddon, founder, Vanguard Consulting
Bob Rhodes, founder, Lives through Friends
Simon Duffy, founder, the Centre for Welfare Reform
Grapevine, Keyring, Neighbourhood Networks, Derby City Council and Swansea City Council (Local Area Coordination), Coproduction Network for Wales and many more.
We will be collating and publishing the learning and proposals generated during the event.