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Does change need to change: How can community organisations best work toget...
Wed 30 November 2016, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
Are you part of a community business or organisation?
Are you a Hub member or have you joined us at Open Project Night?
Do you live locally in South London and want to find out more?
In light of recent politics, our collective efforts to make change effectively are more important than ever.
As Caroline Lucas says, "we must not mourn, we must organise like never before".
Join us for an evening to explore how we collectively organise, how we make change.
How do we move away from working in isolation, competing for shrinking pots of funding? Away from decisions made by powerful groups behind closed doors? Away from negative thinking stoked by the media?
How do we move towards places where you feel connected to peers, where you contribute to local decision-making, where you share positive stories and access skills, tools and funds?
We have a great opportunity to create an empowered, open-for-all network with resources like Open Project Night, Brixton Fund and Echo. How do we best harness the incredible energy, passion and drive within community organisations across Lambeth?
Impact Hub Brixton and Transition Town Brixton will use your ideas to shape the future of Open Project Night – and the future of the projects and businesses that find their home there.
6.40pm Intro and Challenges: What's not working with the ways we make change?
– Bex from Impact Hub Brixton
6.50pm Possibilities: What is working with the ways we make change?
– Duncan from Transition Town Brixton
– Fraser from Project Smith and NHS Lambeth
– Sarah from Economy of Hours (Echo)
7pm Your energy for change: How does all this resonate with you and your work?
7.15pm Practical needs: What do your or your organisation need to make change effectively? What are the priorities? To discuss in groups around 'champion themes' (themes that cut across lots of others – for example, food has overlaps with wellbeing and mental health, the environment, community, education etc)
Champion themes – a starter list:
Local economy and finance
Community spaces and workspaces
7.45pm How can we leave this room and work differently together starting tomorrow? How can Open Project Night and other tools help fulfil some of these needs?
8pm What are the barriers to more people getting involved in community businesses and local activism? How can we overcome these?
8.15pm Next steps + the Little Black Book
8.30pm Ales and networking