And while hundreds of community business and social enterprises regularly make use of this status and opportunity for their own ends; and while this is actively understood, celebrated referenced across the public and private sectors, with numerous positive policy interventions; if you were to stop someone in street and ask them about Plymouth, community business or social enterprise probably wouldn’t make up part of their answer.
To read a little more on the Plymouth work and why its important read this blog post.
Why we're Losing Control
In a hyper connected, hyper complex world, complete control is neither achievable or desirable. The optimal to aim for is a good degree of influence. Not only because that is best we can ever do, but also because we want other people to engage, to contribute their value in a meaningful way and to do this we must allow for, and celebrate, their influence.
What we're bringing to the party
An excitement for changing the world, creativity and a passion for complexity. Experience bringing forward successful networks to a point of proto-movements and a small selection of made up words.
What we want to leave with
The expected – new networks, other peoples’ great ideas and inspiration – and, the unexpected. And specifically in relation to Plymouth, how do we move beyond just a public awareness and engagement, but further, into a wider active championing, utilising and dispersed ownership of this idea among the wider public? It would be great to leave with some better answer to this, ideally a set of practical actions.