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WEBINAR - Engaging Civil Society

  • Jul 31, 2013 · 2:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

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This webinar will look at how civil society has changed in the last decade and how different governments' attempts at engaging civil society have worked.

To what extent have governments of whatever colour seen civil society as autonomous and to what extent as agents of the state? And how has this impacted on local authorities as they engage with community groups and non-governmental organisations.

What have the 'Big Society' ideas of volunteering, philanthropy and social action, public service reform and community empowerment delivered for local charities and community groups?

What opportunities have been opened up through the implementation of the Localism Act and other legislation associated with it?

What effect has successive government policy had on equality and diversity?

Robert Beard, consultant, trainer and former policy officer with NAVCA, leads a discussion around these issues and the central role of local government to act as an enabler and catalyst.The webinar will be facilitated by Maxine Moar.


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  • Michael F.

    Great webinar! You should have invited people from local authorities and civil society organisations from abroad. As I'm from Germany, it was very interesting to see what's happening in the UK.

    August 1, 2013

  • Mustafa H.

    I hope the following will crop up: relevance of religion in modern Britain and faith as a form of social capital. Also the relationship - if any- between civil society, religious institutions and the State in Western Europe. Are we moving towards a post-secular/liberal phase? Does it even matter?

    July 9, 2013

    • Ruby

      Religion is such a divisive subject, I'm not sure it's helpful to discuss in a short webinar on civil society. My concern is that the heated debate that will inevitably ensue will distract from the topic in hand. Sounds to me like the role of religion in modern Britain deserves a webinar all to itself...

      July 31, 2013

    • Peter F.

      I agree Ruby. Religion can be a very polarising set of issues.

      1 · July 31, 2013

  • Ruby

    Looking forward to listening in on the debate very soon...

    July 31, 2013

  • Francis S.

    You log on to the webinar by clicking on the link and this will take you to the webinar platform. You can visit there any time to see what it looks like but on the day. Indeed it is best to check it out to make sure you can access the platform and on the day, it is best to get there about five minutes early.

    July 30, 2013

  • John Robert L.

    I'm on jury service.

    July 30, 2013

  • Philip

    Sounds a really interesting topic. The direction of current political agenda from most political parties with our national debt if one is to include the PFI index and further pensions; one wonders how long we can afford to be civil.

    1 · July 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Since the cuts, I think women's needs must be met, pregnant and alone (men like the getting pregnant process, mind you!) beaten-up by some (not all) partners, who blithely break the Queensbury Boxing rules of fair conduct and similar fighters' weights. Help!!

    July 29, 2013

  • Sandra san v.

    Without transparency and effective communications Localism is doomed. E.g. Councils must be more transparent and engaging in strategies and detailed local plans otherwise people will continue to feel disenfranchised, and feel they cannot influence or play a part in what happens locally.

    2 · July 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I completely agree with your view. There is a real disinterest in politics because people know their voices are not being heard and they can not bring any change. I have always wondered why the council does not engage with people that move to the area. That would be the first opportunity and why in the 21st century they do not harness the internet enough. A possible cost effective outreach to start engaging voters in communal politics.

      July 26, 2013

  • Ro A.

    Having moved away from London to get married I am glad to be reminded of the webinars.

    July 14, 2013

  • Paul

    Great idea for a seminar and I really wish I could attend. I have created a website to enable people to find civil society organisations in their area by just typing in their postcode or Borough. I have a long way to go as there are so many small civil society organisations providing valuable local services so it is not perfect. I would welcome comments from anyone about how it can be improved. My apologies for the adverts but that is the only way to make the site sustainable unless someone can tell me there is something that I may have overlooked. Best Wishes for the event and I will try to participate if I am available.
    Paul Munim, mobile[masked], email [masked]

    3 · July 9, 2013

    • Francis S.

      Speakers Corner

      July 9, 2013

    • Paul

      Hi Francis, thank you for your kind invitation. Speakers Corner sounds interesting! sounds revolutionary. Where is and what is it about?

      July 9, 2013

  • ANA R.

    hate missing this, still on holidays without engaged civil society there is not real democracy, we are all vulnerable without strong links and cooperation . keep me posted

    1 · July 9, 2013

  • Cally H.

    In the globalisation era civil society has been torn to pieces...

    July 9, 2013

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