Community organising in the Big Society

We hosted our third Future Communities action learning seminar this week with speakers from The Community Development Foundation, University College London and Citizens UK coming into our Bethnal Green offices to discuss their thoughts on localism, the Big Society and community organising. These events are a great way for us to share ideas, experiences and alternatives with other community practitioners, and always spark some really engaging and important exchanges. A summary of the session notes can be accessed here and are well worth a read.

Ruhana Ali (Citizens UK) showed us an interesting video documenting the development of a community land trust in Tower Hamlets (link). Michael Edwards’ (UCL) also delivered a fantastic presentation on the practice of community engagement in planning processes, which is availible here.