Today is hack day. We’ll all be subsumed by a process which enables our hive minds to tackle the big challenges facing our fellow movement builders.
Over the last two days, our eight movement building groups have been learning from the vast array of speakers and specialists. They’ve been finalising their objectives, ready to hit the ground running today.
There are posters around the room detailing each movement building group and the skills that they’re looking for. Each person has put their name and photo next to the group that they think they can offer their skills to.
The eight movement building groups are:
Community Organising Company:
Community Organising Company is the national body established to support the training and development of community organising in England. Its key objective is to build a more active, just and democratic society where all people feel and are able to participate in the world around them and challenge constructively for change.
Community Organising Company are looking for how to build and support a successful peer network. They want to know how to keep it locally rooted and relevant nationally, and to ensure they’re truly member led.
The Real Ideas Orgainsation
RIO are passionate about solving social problems and by working with individuals, organisations and sectors to harness the power of social enterprise to deliver real and lasting social change. They are coming with a particular focus around their work in Plymouth.
RIO want to find ways to create mass participation, building on the fabulous start that’s already there but generating a life and a momentum of its own. They're looking for strategies, actions, targets, ideas and resources to encourage leadership and responsibility.
Dadly Does it
Dadly Does It builds on an exploratory project in Little Hulton in Salford led by Unlimited Potential, whose aim was to find new ways to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged fathers and to understand whether this can improve the wellbeing of their children. Using a ‘positive deviance’ approach, the original project was co-produced with a ‘Council of Dadz’ (now Salford Dadz - Little Hulton). They have created both male-friendly spaces where positive role models talk openly ‘shoulder to shoulder’ and also fun dad-child activities that enable bonding.
Dadly Does it are looking for strategic help in expansion. They're also interested in how to use social media effectively.
The Migrants' Movement: Migrants' Rights Network, Migrants Organise, Right to Remain
These three organisations want to explore how they can facilitate the creation of a network of self-organising groups that remain firmly migrant led, but that draw on a wider pool and both individually and collectively build momentum to campaign for migrant’s rights.
They're looking for tips on how to support migrants to self organise, and to support migrants in Britain to feed into a public enquiry into immigration.
Tiber is working to develop a 5 ½ acre piece of land into a community arts, sports and education facilities, in the heart of Toxteth, on Lodge Lane, which is one of the most deprived areas in the U.K.
They want a way forward in developing a governance structure that can help deliver a joint vision but includes a range of existing organisations and opens them up to greater ownership, involvement and influence from people right across the local area. They're looking to excite and engage people in their diverse local community
Open Book aims to break down the barriers that discourage people from entering higher education.
What Open Book would like to understand is how they might support and encourage groups to self-form, self-fund, and self-organise - how might that work in reality - and specifically what core set of values, and decision-making processes would be needed to continue to bind that network, keeping it true to the overall vision and ensuring the ‘whole' remains greater than the sum of its ‘parts'.
Expert Link is a national project to amplify the voices and views of people with direct experience of homelessness, mental health issues, substance and alcohol misuse, offending, domestic violence and abuse.
So they are looking for a plan for growing their network across all parts of the ‘system’ and techniques for organising their work that will allow us them to cede control without losing the power of their collective voice and influence. They're looking for comms skills and tips on governance.
Youth Rights movement, MAP, Undivided and TrustYouth alliance (run out of the Foyer Federation
This group of three organisations believe young people feel disenfranchised and unable to influence things that will impact on their lives. They want to understand how they can define this movement, agree shared values and work together.
They're looking at how to better create a movement. This begins with the identification of whats going on. They want to learn how to share resources ideas by understanding which platforms and forms of communication they should be using.
And we have one more surprise group...Welcome New Internationalist!
New Internationalist is an multi-award independent, non-profit media co-operative. For over 40 years, they've specialized in investigative reporting, publishing magazine and books on human rights, politics, social and environmental justice.
They're interested in question of how to do governance of cooperative globally.