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WEBINAR - Red v. Blue Mutalism

  • Mar 27, 2013 · 2:00 PM
  • Online Meeting

Mutualism in Local Government has been gathering momentum over the last few months: and the debate is about the different ways that the case is made for mutualism as a source of innovation and value for money.

This webinar discusses the radical ideas being developed around mutalism in local government and the way different local authorities are developing models to involve citizens. These are real debates about political substance.

Its is partly a debate about red and blue mutualism but not entirely and it is refreshing to see radical ideas propounded with local government leading the way in debating serious issues of political substance.

Jonathan Carr-West will lead this webinar. Jonathan leads the Local Government’ Information Unit’s’s policy team. Some of Jonathan’s particular interests are in participative democracy, the evolving nature of communities and behaviour change. Before joining the LGiU, Jonathan was Deputy Programme Director at the RSA, where he also served as Acting Head of Programme. He has published on topics as diverse as cognitive and behavioural science, water provision and the politics of cultural memory. Prior to the RSA Jonathan worked for Common Purpose a charity promoting leadership in civil society.

Recently, Labour controlled Lambeth council has been making the news with its mutualism plans. This has been contrasted with the model being adopted by Tory controlled Barnet and has allowed a reprise of the Easy Council v John Lewis headlines that first emerged last November.

Pitting two iconic brands against each other makes good headlines and provides cover for a proxy ideological battle between Labour and the Conservatives. The real picture, however, may be a little more complicated.

The difference between red and blue mutualism is not yet fully apparent, although the Lambeth version appears to involve service users more directly in the setting up and running of co-operatives.

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  • Gavin B.

    I thought it was useful, especially the connections the presenter made between the big global picture and everyday life.

    March 28, 2013

  • Peter D.

    There is an unusual, and interesting, three articles in last Wednesday's Society Guardian which is available on line. Which explores ways in Community Social Work, which has long disappeared from local authority debates, can enable and facilitate change. Working 'with' and not 'for' people in partnerships with each other. Which has always been my definition of mutuality

    March 21, 2013

    • Gavin B.

      hi Peter, can you send any links?

      March 28, 2013

  • Peter D.

    Had problems of tuning in and when I did the conversation was slow, unclear and intermittent?

    March 27, 2013

  • Maxine M.

    good debate from different sides

    March 27, 2013

  • Sherif M.

    Hello all ,
    What I am thinking about this ?
    This raises the need for a program for social change throughout the life of European citizens, which will rapidly align intervention on factors such as;
    1.The supporting small businesses and midsize European governments, in partnership with 1-10% of the wealthy to hire people who can "dive" into extreme poverty with EU experts .The "Cars conversion" has applies to practice ..
    2.The social programs, to strengthen and prevent further deformation, destruction and dissolution of the family and its values.
    3.The social programs, to increase the safety of everyone in his live in communities to stop discrimination for reasons of various kinds, which in Europe continues to be present.

    March 27, 2013

  • Cally H.

    Find more about social enterprises set up

    March 27, 2013

  • Francis S.

    You can log into the webinar by clicking Just join as a guest and add your name and it will take you to the webinar platform.

    March 26, 2013

  • Sherif M.

    Hello friends We are probably different in nationalit,race or perhaps in the idea,or perhaps in others ..So we are equal because we are all human beings people and God has made us that we need each other.
    Dr. Sherif Mucalla

    March 26, 2013

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