Let's Talk About Power: Community Reporter Conference 2022

Let's Talk About Power: Community Reporter Conference 2022

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The Lowry

The Quays


M50 3AZ

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Join us and let’s open up a conversation about power and lived experience!

About this event

Stories are powerful vehicles that build bridges between people and support common understanding. In recent years digital storytelling has helped to connect communities and has thrived as a tool for social transformation and justice.

Community Reporting falls into this arena. We see it as a tool to address inequalities in society and help to shift power from ‘systems’ to people. However, we all know changes in power dynamics don’t come easily. For the fourth annual Community Reporter Conference, we want to open-up a conversation about power and lived experience, exploring questions like:

  • Who controls the narrative? Let’s chat about who controls the agenda and where agency really lies. Let’s think about whether or not the status quo is really being disrupted.
  • Whose story do we hear? And perhaps most importantly, whose stories don't we hear? We’d like to explore the power dynamics between storytellers and why certain voices are listened to, and others not.
  • Who watches the watchmen? We want to shine a critical lens on people like ourselves who work in co-production and with lived experience, challenging us to think about the role we play in upholding and dismantling existing power structures.

Sounds up your street? Then join us.

So, what’s going to be happening?

On the 7th July, different speakers, facilitators and change-makers will be exploring topics such as:

  • Participatory and deliberative democracy - basically, how citizens can get involved in the decisions that affect them
  • Closed cultures - these are a poor culture in a health or care service that increases the risk of harm to people. We want to have a frank conversation about how they can creep into services and what we can do to address them
  • The value of co-production for policy, research and services - we are going to look at how we create the conditions for co-production to really work in these arenas

The full agenda can be found here: https://peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk/lets-talk-about-power-agenda-launched-for-the-4th-annual-community-reporter-conference/

There are sessions connected with Community Reporting activities from the EUARENAS programme, as well as projects involving Ideas Alliance, Curators of Change and Co-Production Collective... but this is just the start!

Who is this event for?

We’re looking for people like you to join the conference and contribute your experiences and ideas to the conversation on the day!

  • Community Reporters
  • Grassroots change-makers
  • Co-Producers
  • Community workers
  • Researchers
  • Public service workers
  • Policy makers
  • Artists & creatives
  • Health & social care providers
  • Philosophers
  • You!

You don’t have to be involved in the Community Reporter network to join - you may just be curious about what we do. We hope to create a dialogue of different perspectives, challenge and provoke one another’s thinking, and sow the seeds of new connections between people. We can’t wait to see you!

How can I get there?

The event will be held at the Pier 8 room in The Lowry - an arts venue located in the heart of Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester. Upon registration you’ll be sent details about how to get to the venue or you can click on this link to find out more.

We know that attending a full day event can be costly in terms of travel, support costs (e.g., personal assistants, childcare) and for some people, it means missing a day of work. Therefore, we have advertised and allocated 5 x financially supported places.

Will there be any online events?

Yes - but we're still working this out.

We are committed to delivering some hybrid activities during the event and you can register for those sessions here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lets-talk-about-power-community-reporter-conference-22-online-sessions-tickets-338734603317

This registration is purely for in-person attendance, so please only register if you are committed to attending in-person.

I’ve registered, what happens next?

Have a look at your confirmation email and then sit tight - we will be in touch with a full agenda as soon as we have the timings and sections worked out.

If you cannot attend the event, please let us know by 23rd June 2022 so that we can reallocate your place. The event is free to attend, but we will reserve the right to charge £50.00 per person plus VAT for non-attendance to cover our costs. Places are limited, so please do only book if you fully intend on coming along.

Who are People’s Voice Media and what is the Community Reporter network?

People’s Voice Media is a social change charity, established in 1995. We are committed to supporting positive social change from the ground up. This aim is brought about by bringing people’s voices together to enable individuals, groups and organisations to find better ways to improve their worlds and the world around them.

Our work ranges from local, neighborhood-based projects through to pan-European programmes across a range of sectors and settings. What connects these sometimes seemingly disparate activities is the ability to connect people and act as a facilitator - or conduit - that enables people, communities and institutions to share knowledge and expertise with each other.

The primary approach to this work is Community Reporting, which is a digital storytelling methodology focused on lived experience that supports people’s participation in research, policy-making, service development, and decision-making processes. The Community Reporter networks spans across the UK and Europe, and has over 2000 Community Reporters and 50+ active partners.

Find out more about the work we do on our website.

Keep up to date with PVM & the work we do by joining our mailing list here - you can also opt into this on your order form.

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