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SSEC Starfish meetings

Friday, 27 April, 2017 - 08:59

If ever there was a time for keeping CD people close, this is it. Cuts in funding has endangered the ability of CD people to stay connected; as people lose their jobs, isolation is a very real threat, and it's proving very hard to get back into the field as so many are searching for the rare new job. In the past we've had national and regional CD meetings to hold us together but these network...

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Unity and Strength

Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 15:05

I've been teasing out the questions about CD and Asset Based CD and Community Organising as if it mattered to anyone except national organisations flying the flag for one of these approaches. Clearly, as a member of SSEC it has a lot of impact on us, not least because the Govt had such a downer on CD before they "arranged" to get into power, perceiving CD as both left wing (radical C...

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CD and Community Organising - time to junk the pram?

Sunday, 19 February, 2017 - 15:39

Baby D and Baby O are sitting in their pram, and while no one is watching one of them hits the other one over the head with a rattle. The other retaliates, hitting the fellow occupant of the pram with a rubber hammer. All this kafuffle jolts the pram and gives it momentum; the pram starts rolling down the hill, heading for the concrete stairs (it’s Battleship Potemkin, innit) . Mr 1% waves ...

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Stronger communities – reasons to be cheerful!

Saturday, 4 February, 2017 - 18:47

“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow”. (Ecclesiastes 1:18)  “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear” .(Antonio Gramsci,Selections from the Prison Notebooks “I’m a pessimist because of intellig...

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Reviewing "The Community Development Reader". 2018

Monday, 19 December, 2018 - 18:18

 “The Community Development Reader: History, themes and issues” by Policy Press ” sets out a range of past papers to represent the debates within community development since the 1950’s. The underlying editorial message is that community development is a diverse, contested field of many perspectives, a good old argument rather than one “true meaning” (altho...

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SSEC Magazine & Sammie signs off...

Tuesday, 19 July, 2018 - 15:48

Life in the voluntary and community sector has been a bitof a roller-coaster ride of late, and here at SSEC we’re working hard to roll with the punches, survive and adapt. Some of you will know we’ve had to make a few changes at SSEC, and I’m sure that more changes are yet to come. With that in mind, we have a couple of announcements: SSEC Magazine We are about to publish editi...

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What would CD practitioners find helpful in order to write for academic journals?

Wednesday, 22 June, 2018 - 15:54

A quick guest blog & request for input, from Jill Bedford of changesuk: I’m going to be co-facilitating a Community Development Journal workshop at the IACD conference in early July on encouraging Community Development practitioners to write articles for academic journals, and want to start planning it with some real idea about what CD practitioners might find useful, rather than jump in...

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NatCAN and ABCD Europe networks

Monday, 23 May, 2018 - 13:58

SSEC are really pleased to support the launch of a couple of networks that will be of interest to our members. First up...NatCAN, or the National Community Activist NetworkJoe Taylor, Secretary of the North-West Community Activist Network (and SSEC Trustee) has been leading the development of this national network. Sign up now, join the discussion group for your region, and start comparing notes wit...

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CD workers of the world unite!

Wednesday, 20 April, 2018 - 15:19

Community development (CD) seems almost toxic to Government right now. It's clearer than ever that the current favourites of Government get their kudos by emphasising "individualism" (entrepreneurs, activists) as the dynamo for local change, and anyone working within (and against?) the state is being maligned as being part of an "institution" which resists innovation and change...

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Changes afoot at SSEC

Thursday, 10 March, 2018 - 15:49

There have been a few changes here at SSEC in recent weeks, which we thought you should all know more about.   Goodbye to old friends… This week we bid a fond farewell to Tanwir Rauf, who has been part of the SSEC team for more than 8 years. Tan's departure has been one of the results of  essential restructuring that we have had to make in light of our current funding difficulties. ...

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