Developing Innovation and Good Practice in Neighbourhood Work

Kevin on the Neighbourhoods blog brings our attention to a local free conference that I think looks interesting.

The blurb for the conference says (in part):

This free one-day conference, bringing together academics and practitioners, seeks to explore the implications of the new governance of neighbourhoods. What does it mean to focus on communities of place, as our communities become increasingly diverse? What does it mean to designate particular populations, such as Gypsy/Travellers, as “hard to reach” in these new regimes of governance? How should agencies respond to these new imperatives? How should researchers be engaging with this practice? How can residents be empowered to respond to these agendas, without their own agendas being lost? What are the dangers of empowering communities in this way, when minority concerns (including the concerns of invisible minorities, like housed Gypsies or new European migrants) can be marginalised?

Unfortunately I’ll be away that day (15 April), but if you fancy it then, more details here.


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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One Response to Developing Innovation and Good Practice in Neighbourhood Work

  1. Ross says:

    i have to admit when i see statements like this

    “How do we achieve the right balance between celebrating differences and building a shared future?”

    i reach for the sick bucket

    i’ve never once been able to receive a satisfactory answer as to why there seems to be an axiomatic position that difference should be celebrated in itself – sure celebrate the freedom that allows people to be different (if indeed that freedom exists), but to celebrate difference as an end in itself is actually quite a reactionary position and one of the main areas that has led to official multiculturism being the disaster that it has been, it’s not led to a glorious mixing pot within communities, but sharply segregated & suspicious ones where ethinic groups are effectively encouraged to compete with each other over resources

    the irony is that in many of the communities where uber liberals ‘celebrate difference’ they enforce the restrictions of freedom for many people whilst doing so – putting community difference above individual freedoms

    it’s encouraging however that even the dominant body of liberal thought appears to be recognising this approach for the failure that it has been, with even architechts of it like trevor phillips admitting it’s been a failure, however even when the BBC try to adddress the issue of it as being a failure, they still do so with a multiculturalist approach to it, i.e. white working class season

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