A conversation about how people are interpreting the concept of Big Society and does it need tightening as Matthew Taylor suggests, or might a 'baggy' concept be a strength and help more people get involved?
New to both the RSA and this Ning but very engaged by this conversation. I have on my desk a quote from Samuel Beckett:
which encapsulates things well for me and helps to keep me thinking of risky ways…"
I have recently left the RSA as Director of Arts and have founded Arts and Society, which continues much of the work initiated at the RSA and focusses upon social change. I lead on the creative practice element of the three year programme with Wiltshire Council as part of their Community Campus programme.
The Arts and Social Change programme in Peterborough is now complete and case studies of this work can be seen on the RSA website.
Prior to this post, I was working with the Arts Council on strategies for working with higher education and prior to that, running a Creative Partnerships area in north London. I have also been a theatre practitioner for 25 years both in Canada and the UK which has fundamentally shaped my views on collaboration and change.
Journalist and trend forecaster James Wallman explains why more and more of us are suffering from “stuffocation” – where instead of feeling enriched by the things we own, we are stifled and overwhelmed by them.