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Creating New Futures Together

Thanks to everyone who came to our Open Forum event on Friday. It was amazing to have such a diverse group - there were participants from Spain, Switzerland, the US, Nigeria, Vietnam...some people even came up from London! The Open Forum was a facilitated by Ellen and Max Schupbach, from the Deep Democracy Institute and our very own Joy Warmington. Max and Ellen had come down to deliver a powerful, three-day training course on process work. Process work, for those of you who don't know, is an approach to having difficult conversations which helps us develop greater awareness of our own behaviour (not just what we say, but what we don’t say). We've been using process work principles to have

Race disparity audit

We met with Theresa May today to discuss the new Race Disparity Audit. If you haven't seen it, it's a new website that brings together thousands of equality statistics covering areas like health, education, employment and the criminal justice system: www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk. We told the PM that we thought it good that all this data is in one place - it should certainly help with policy making and will be useful to charities and the voluntary sector. BUT - we've been here before. This is not the first report of its kind. If it's going to be the last, though, we need more evidenced-based solutions. This means organisations need to ditch what's not working and stop ploughing

Getting a bit emosh

Our emotions are never far from the surface when we're talking politics (and we're always talking politics). But what does this mean for democracy and how we build agreement? Joy Warmington, CEO of brap, talks about some of the issues... My son was really upset at the Brexit result. Like many young people, he was born into the European Union and very much thought of himself as a European. Don’t worry, I’m not going to rehearse the pros and cons of the Brexit debate (not that I could anyway) but, rather, I’d like to talk about how we feel when we are not heard, misunderstood, and not included. This brings me onto the subject of democracy, which believe it or not is what I really want to writ

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