Invitation to a Good Society Focus Group
We invite you to a winter conversation; to reflect on concepts of a Good Society and the emerging themes within our research. This will contribute to our iterative research on concepts of a Good Society and reflect on emerging themes.
Theme: Rural Poverty
Date: 27th January 2017 1-3pm
In June 2016, we presented our discussion paper ‘A Good Society; a Collaborative Conversation’ as a starting point for further conversation, reflection and thinking. The Collaborative Conversation report is available here; https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/i4p/i4p-webb-memorial-trust. This Conversation document is designed to summarise our work so far and to encourage further conversation around the concept of a Good Society and how it might be achieved. We have identified the key themes which have emerged and these include the importance of the voluntary and community sector (VCS), the importance of an independent sector in in creating a counter narrative to neoliberalism, and the importance of local democracy, collaboration, trust and public love. After the second round of discussions and conversations we will submit our final report to the Webb Memorial Trust in the spring of 2017.
We invite you to a winter conversation; to reflect on concepts of a Good Society and the emerging themes within our research. We are extending our collaborative conversations asking people to comment and discuss our existing research themes from specific perspectives; Food Poverty, Race and Poverty, Migration, Young People, Older People, Rural Poverty, Poverty Truth Commissions. Our idea is to run a 2 hour session with a small group discussion around what is a Good society in relation to Civil Society’s response to each of the above themes and then a participatory session creating a graffiti wall that summarizes the groups thoughts. These graffiti walls will then be turned into visual minutes by our graphic designer.
To find out more about our ongoing research into a good society, including briefing papers and literature reviews visit www.edgehill.ac.uk /I4P
Dr Katy Goldstraw
Edge Hill University Institute for Public Policy and Professional Practice