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Bristol Network Should Bristol have an Elected Mayor?

RSA Bristol Network Event February 2012

 

Should Bristol have an Elected Mayor?

Wednesday 22 February 2012, 6.30pm

Bristol City Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR

 

Bristolians will be asked to vote for or against the idea of a directly elected Mayor in May 2012, in a local referendum proposed in the Government’s Localism Bill. Replacing the present Councillors plus Cabinet system in the City Council with a directly elected Mayor would represent the biggest upheaval to local democracy since the dissolution of Avon County Council.

 

This is a free-access public debate organised by members of the RSA Bristol Network with the participation of the Bristol Festival of Ideas, Bristol University’s Centre for Public Engagement and the Bristol branch of the Institute of Directors.

 

The debate will be chaired by broadcaster Chris Serle and an impartial review of the issues facing mayoral referendum will be presented by Professor Alex Marsh head of Bristol University’s School for Policy Studies, before the motion in favour of a directly elected Mayor for Bristol is debated by political and non-party speakers, with electronic votes taken before and after the debate and questions from the floor.

 

Booking details and cost for event: Free, but to book visit http://bristolmayordebate.eventbrite.co.uk

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Comment by Katie Moore on June 27, 2011 at 9:48

How Can Digital Media become an Agent of Social Improvement and Change?

You’ll be sad if you missed our event last week about digital inclusion. The venue, Knowle West Media Centre is an amazing straw-walled building that houses high-end media, all of which can be hired – click here  for more information.  [Sorry about the obvious plug, but we owe them big time for letting us use their fantastic venue......]

You’ll be glad to know that Carolyn Hassan from KWMC is looking for help/support with the project and invites people interested to contact her at KWMP.  Dick Penny from the Watershed showed this  video http://www.dshed.net/content/electric-ambassadors and Dan Martin from Business Zone has uploaded his really great slides here http://www.slideshare.net/DanMartin09/how-social-media-can-power-a-... - they portray the use of social media for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Go on, have a look..... Stephen Hilton from BCC spoke with great knowledge and passion about digital media and face to face connection.

 

But if you were there, you’ll remember the very first question from the floor was “how can we build upon the experience and expertise of the people here tonight?”  We would like to take that comment on board, and organise an event for September – we bring our laptops along with youthful and not so youthful guests – with a view to sharing digital knowledge and experience. If you have ideas to make this event “great” and/or want to help plan/organise it, email  katie@katiemoore.me.uk.

You’ll be happy to know that the next gathering is the first Cafe Society event ‘Crowd Funding: Setting up a Buzzbnk in the South West’ taking place at Bordeaux Quay on the 18th July from 6 pm. Click here to find out more.

 

Comment by Katie Moore on June 27, 2011 at 9:40

Next Bristol Network Event

Crowd Funding: Setting up a Buzzbnk in the South West

18th July

Bordeaux Quay, Bristol

Start: 6pm – 9pm

Due to popular demand, we’ve invited Michael Norton* back to Bristol to host the first Cafe Society evening event with John Pontin* taking place upstairs at the wonderful Bordeaux Quay in Bristol.

Click here now to book your complimentary ticket.

At this event............

  • You will be able to find out in detail, how Buzzbnk operates as a crowd-funding source;
  • how Buzzbnk operates as a business;
  • you’ll hear from two local projects that are already raising funds using Buzzbnk;
  • and you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues that arise around crowd funding.

Using crowd funding to support local social enterprise is a relatively new concept, and you can find out, first hand, how to develop a Buzzbnk specifically for your organisation or other organisations in the Bristol area.

Bordeaux Quay are providing lovely food and we can enjoy their “happy hour” drinks list in a paying bar all evening. [There will be a minimum donation of £5 towards the food.]

This event is for

  • everyone interested in social enterprise in the South West;
  • anyone who has a potential project that needs funding;
  • and people interested in becoming an investee.

Click here now to book your complimentary ticket.

Kind regards,

 

 

*Michael Norton founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, which became the UK’s largest provider of information and training on running non-profits. And a lot of our effort was on encouraging better practice in grant making and fundraising. In fact I’ve written many books about it as well, and a few years ago was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Professional Fundraising magazine. Recently in 2010, he wanted to try to create a mechanism for start up and early stage ventures to find the funds they need to make good things happen. This was the starting point for the idea of Buzzbnk.

 

Buzzbnk is a crowdfunding website which enables social entrepreneurs and social ventures to raise funds and build a crowd of supporters. The idea of Buzzbnk first came from Michael Norton who had a vision about empowering positive people to back bright ideas by tapping into their social networks

 

*John Pontin Over forty years his company, JT Group, developed a national profile for its stance on green issues in construction. Recently set up a social enterprise property company, Under the Sky, operating in the West Country.

John has a keen interest in Sustainability, involvement with Sustainability West, Business West, the RSA, the Natural Step, Schumacher Society, Quartet Community Fund, Hartcliffe Community Campus and Bristol Children's Scrapstore.

His current interest as co-founder of The Converging World, a charity which brings communities together through contraction, convergence and renewable energy. The TCW pilot project will link the Bristol sub-region with Tamil Nadu in Southern India.

Comment by Katie Moore on June 27, 2011 at 9:39

Latest Bristol Event

How Can Digital Media become an Agent of Social Improvement and Change?

What is digital media? Digital media is using an electronic method of getting a message across using for example the internet, social media or email.

How can digital media better connect more excluded communities to those with more influence and power?

This event will enlighten us all about how we can help ourselves and others to understand the journey in using new technologies as agents of social improvement and change.

Taking place at the well-known and highly successful Knowle West Media Centre, we’re delighted to have Carolyn Hassan, Director of the Centre as one of our key note speakers, along with Dick Penny Managing Director of the Watershed Media Centre, Stephen Hilton, Director of the Bristol Futures Group, and Dan Martin, editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. [Read full profiles below.]


Carolyn Hassan is Founder and Director of the award-winning Knowle West Media Centre, located in one of the most deprived areas of Bristol. Carolyn Hassan set up the charity in 2002, an organisation which focuses on developing cultural projects for young people. In 2008, she oversaw the completion of the new Media Centre building. KWMC won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and in 2009 Caroline was awarded an honorary degree by UWE for her contribution to community cohesion and social justice. In 2010 KWMC won two accolades in the National eWell-Being Awards. The awards celebrate the "social, economic and environmental benefits of information and communication technologies (ICT)" and identify the best ways they are being used. KWMC was chosen as joint winner of the Building Community Networks Award and also received an award for its long-term commitment to promoting digital inclusion.

Dick Penny has worked as a Producer, Manager and consultant in the creative sector for many years. He is Managing Director of the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol, leading the organisation to its present high profile position, fostering cultural exchanges and promoting engagement, enjoyment, diversity and participation in film, media, arts and the creative economy. Dick has been involved in very wide range of cultural development activities, including being Executive Chair of the Bristol Old Vic. Dick has played a leading role in digital inclusion strategies for Bristol and been awarded honorary degrees for his services to the city by both Bristol University and UWE.

Stephen Hilton is Director of the Bristol Futures Group, the City Council Division that aims to future-proof the city, its economy and its environment. Before this Stephen led Bristol City Council's Connecting Bristol programme, www.connectingbristol.org where his professional interests included, Digital Inclusion, Smart Cities, Green ICT, Open Data, Creative Industries and wireless and broadband connectivity.  Stephen was a founder member and Board Member of the Government-sponsored National Digital Inclusion Network.  He also acts as an Expert Advisor to the European Commission on their Future Internet programme.  Stephen previously set up and managed Bristol City Council’s Consultation and e-Participation Team, establishing a leading role for Bristol City Council in the area of Local e-Democracy. The city was named European City for e-Democracy and Stephen received a personal award as Innovator of the Year in the Government Computing Awards.

 Dan Martin was recently named as one the top 10 most influential political bloggers on Twitter by The Independent and is frequently asked to deliver training on social networks to senior PR executives and entrepreneurs. He has been editor of BusinessZone.co.uk for three years and has eight years experience of creating content online. Dan has also written content for a host of leading business organisations including: the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Forum of Private Business and British Chambers of Commerce and regularly appears in the national press as an expert on business and social networking. He recently presented to the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, the Learning Technologies conference in London and chaired a roundtable discussion featuring Dragons’ Den panellist James Caan. Dan is also lead organiser of the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative. 

 

 

You’ll be sad if you missed our event this week about digital inclusion. The venue, Knowle West Media Centre is an amazing straw-walled building that houses high-end media, all of which can be hired – click here www.kwmc.org.uk/index.php?project=38  for more information.  [Sorry about the obvious plug, but we owe them big time for letting us use their fantastic venue......]

You’ll be glad to know that Carolyn Hassan from KWMC is looking for help/support with the project and invites people interested to contact her  missed our speakers but if you did, Dick Penny from the Watershed showed this  video http://www.dshed.net/content/electric-ambassadors and Dan Martin from Business Zone has uploaded his really great slides here http://www.slideshare.net/DanMartin09/how-social-media-can-power-a-... - they portray the use of social media for entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Go on, have a look.....

But if you were there, you’ll remember the very first question from the floor was “how can we build upon the experience and expertise of the people here tonight?”  I’d like to take that comment on board, and organise an event for September – we bring our laptops along with youthful and not so youthful guests – with a view to sharing digital knowledge and experience. If you have ideas to make this event “great” and/or want to help plan/organise it, email me. katie@katiemoore.me.uk .

Comment by Katie Moore on June 27, 2011 at 9:36

Previous Bristol Network Events

 

Triodos Bank meets Buzzbnk meets RSA: Can social/community capital become a sustainable approach?

Wednesday 13 April 6.30-8.30 pm

 Join us with keynote speakers Michael Norton, founder of Buzzbnk and the Directory of Social Change and Bevis Watts from Triodos Bank in a lively and informative discussion around developing local projects that will attract and generate funding, matching financial capital and public realm assets with a social/community capital in a sustainable approach.


10 years ago, words like “crowdfunding” or “microfinance” or “green and ethical investments” weren’t commonly used.

 ·     Crowdfunding for the future health, wealth and well-being of our society now plays a crucial part of funding the development of social ventures and community businesses which otherwise may not get off the ground.

·     Microfinance plays a critical role in the battle against poverty where financial help is offered to low-income individuals who are capable of making a better life for themselves if given a little financial help.

·     Green and ethical investment opportunities take into account the environmental, social and ethical concerns of the investor and therefore help to support businesses and organisations that otherwise may not attract investment.

How and why have these methods of funding come about?

What impact has there been on the investors and the investees? 

What is the vision for the future of these types of social capital and investment?

Michael Norton started his career as a scientist, merchant banker and publisher before becoming a social activist. He has spent more than 40 years supporting voluntary organisations, developing creative ideas for a better world and turning them into successful projects, and encouraging others to go out and change the world. 

He founded the Directory of Social Change in 1975, which became the UK’s largest provider of information and training on running non-profits, “a lot of our effort was on encouraging better practice in grant making and fundraising. In fact I’ve written many books about it as well, and a few years ago was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Professional Fundraising magazine” Recently in 2010, he wanted to try to create a mechanism for start up and early stage ventures to find the funds they need to make good things happen. This was the starting point for the idea of Buzzbnk.

 Buzzbnk is a crowdfunding website which enables social entrepreneurs and social ventures to raise funds and build a crowd of supporters. The idea of Buzzbnk first came from Michael Norton who had a vision about empowering positive people to back bright ideas by tapping into their social networks

 Bevis Watts is Triodos Bank’s Head of Business Banking, with responsibility for all lending activities. Prior to joining Triodos, Bevis was Head of Business Support at The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) with responsibility for delivering a range of support services to developing businesses in the UK recycling sector, including bespoke finance schemes. Bevis has over ten years’ experience in the environment and economic development sectors and is a Chartered Environmentalist and Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management.

Cafe Society

Tuesday, 18th January

Just a short note to let you know the date of the next RSA Bristol Network Event. Following on from our series of three sessions we want to review what has been achieved, share ideas across experiences, learn from mistakes- then keep up the momentum.

We had an idea brought to the table to talk about setting up an RSA Cafe, where Fellow's and others can meet informally and as regularly as they like to discuss like-minded issues.

This is not a new concept: it's actually similar to how the RSA developed. So why change something that obviously worked very well! This is something we want you to think about and join us in the conversation about setting up some Bristol 'Cafes'.

 

Practical methods for facilitating local connections.

Tuesday 16 November, 6.30-8.30pm

The Network this month is sure to be very exciting and vibrant as we welcome three expert speakers to discuss practical methods for facilitating local connections.

 

Thomas Neumark, Associate Director of the RSA's Connected Communities will be speaking about the project's work in Knowle West, and how their findings could be practically applied in developing new network models. 

 

Chris Chalkley and Hen Wilkinson will be responding and providing additional perspectives.

 

Chris will be discussing the power of creativity in impacting on social change. Chris has been a key member of the Peoples’ Republic of Stokes Croft

 

Hen Wilkinson is the Chief Executive of Community Resolve. An organisation that is developing models of community conflict transformation.

 

“Bristol Festival of Ideas”

21 September

Andrew Kelly from the Bristol Cultural Development Partnership is the guest presenter at our first new RSA Bristol Network event taking place Tuesday, 21st September from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm. Andrew will be talking about the “Bristol Festival of Ideas” project.

Comment by John Burgan on June 21, 2011 at 12:03
Just joined as a Fellow - I work across the water in Newport but live in Bristol, so curious to hear about local RSA events, particularly as we only moved to the city last November.
Comment by Katie Moore on May 4, 2011 at 14:07

mmmmm........ Hello. My communication was quite clear. I quote from my email on 14 April.... "Well done everyone. What a good event – lots of great feed-back. Sue’s asked if we can meet on Wednesday 27th April at 6 pm to talk about the next event [Digital Engagement and Inclusion] but also to have a bit of a jolly as well? [All work and no play etc...........!]”

 

Sue and I talked prior to the email going out and agreed to meet at the Arnolfini [as that's where we have always met up] and as I hadn't heard back from anyone else who wanted to come, I assumed it was only a chat between Sue and myself.

 

As it happens, I badly twisted my ankle and all thoughts or plans went out the window for which I have hugely apologised to Sue for not letting her know.

 

It's incredibly annoying when one spends time and effort getting some where, and for that, I am sorry for all who made the effort.

 

Personally, I like emails as a form of communication :) See you all later....

 

 

 

 

Comment by Toby Procter on May 4, 2011 at 13:34
Thanks, Simon. There are now 19 of us on this page thing, & hopefully we'll all be kept up to date whenever one of us posts a 'comment' or factual record of decision, request for action, whatever. Which at least one of us should do after tonight's meeting.
Comment by Simon Roberts on May 4, 2011 at 12:06

Sorry - can't do tonight but I would like to be kept in whatever loop emerges!

 

Comment by Toby Procter on May 3, 2011 at 15:32
Ref David's message: David, the meeting now set for at least some of us - and I'm glad you're coming - was intended for the informally-constituted steering group of the Bristol RSA network, members of which have organised the 'public' RSA meetings held last autumn and this spring at Bush House 3rd Flr, and who made themselves known to attending FRSAs at the last-but-one public meeting.  At least two of us incl me have come to see following the aborted meeting of 27.04 that this steering group needs to be more formal to get things done and ensure representativeness, etc. But the 4.05 meeting will be much to do with the organisation of the next meeting to which all Bristol FRSAs will be invited, at Knowle W, as discussed by Sue Cohen et al in threads below this one.
Comment by David Punter on May 3, 2011 at 15:08

I will come to the Arnolfini tomorrow at 6.30, but I have to say that I have absolutely no idea what this meeting is about. I thought it was to be to do with financing, but it now seems to be somethng entirely different. I am also unsure about its relation to the fortmal structures of the RSA. However: let's see.

 

David

 

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