This website has been created by Anne Yarwood, resident in Ascot for over 50 years, to show how individuals CAN effect change… can DO something about their concerns, in an imaginative way.
This month’s theme is :-
CIVIL SOCIETY : LISTENING
“Instructions for living a life.
Tell about it”
The way I compose these website editions is a MEANDER.
A subject catches my attention, then I recall stuff that I know… have experienced. Incidents are fleshed-out by reputable facts and wisdom from some of the Greats….activists and thinkers.
November’s theme of CIVIL SOCIETY was triggered by two opposing views. One said Civil Society’s space for innovation and critique was shrinking, worldwide.
The opposite official view promoted the belief in a positive future for this space. As I researched stories, I found examples of individuals and community groups, creating civil society organisations which responded , creatively, to local need.
Central to these processes is LISTENING. Listening to what we really need. Listening to what we know, works.
This month, the theme CIVIL SOCIETY shifted focus, as it was explored. By publication time, the crucial point has become LISTENING.
BLOG : a reflection by the Nigerian poet Ben Okri, about the Grenfell fire, used here to bring hearts into the story of human engagement – HERE
STORY : a conversation between two men seeking radical ways to organise… to live. Rob Hopkins and Michael Bauwens – HERE
GALLERY : publication of new UK Government Civil Society Strategy; banners raised by luminaries on base-line values for CS, including Noam Chomsky; break-through peer-to-peer projects in Indonesia and Amazonia; modest at-home activities in the UK … PLUS works by exceptional disabled artists commissioned by UNLIMITED – HERE
TALES : an impossibly likely Fairy Tale about all of this stuff !! – HERE
WAKEUP : overviews of Civil Society in a time of rapid change – HERE
NEW …’News from Elsewhere’ : our new page which excites us ‘TIA-ers’; Readers and Friends adding the passion of their own concerns.
I recommend 3 videos :– Michael Blauwens in STORY; Kinari Webb in Gallery and Justin Butcher in Elsewhere
The theme for the December edition from Guest Editor, Robin Richardson is ‘Opposites of Hate’.
About Robin – in the 1980’s he was adviser for multicultural education for Berkshire County Council and in that capacity supported World Education Berkshire (WEB) based in Ascot. Later he was director of the Runnymede Trust, concerned with race relations, and acted as drafting editor of reports on antisemitism, Islamophobia, multi-ethic Britain and religion in public life.
I hope you enjoy ! – I’d be delighted to receive your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org