A World in Waiting is direct democracyThursday 10th February, 10am–5pm Colston Hall – free! Do you dream of a fairer future? Are you happy with the world around you?
A World in Waiting is a chance to have your say, to hear from others – and to change the way we do things.
Democracy is more than putting a cross on a piece of paper once every 5 years. Democracy is caring about the world around you – caring enough to share your ideas and experience.
A World in Waiting gives you the chance to fill the Colston Hall with energy and ideas – an exercise in direct democracy. Come along and help us develop 5 “policy asks” for government – and pioneer a new way of working together. There will be representatives from Europe there and from across the UK. There will be a team from the Department for Work & Pensions there – but everyone will have the same standing. There will be no panel of experts – everyone is expert in their own experience and their own ideas. This is the beginning of something big – a bold and exciting way of imagining our Future!
A World in Waiting is a new way to involve you as a citizen. A World in Waiting uses Open Space as the vehicle to create this democratic process. You choose the topics. You voice your thoughts. And you produce the solutions!
Might this be Bristol’s Big Society in action?
Don’t miss the boat! Take this chance to build a Fairer Future!
A World Beyond
Thursday 10th February, 5–7pm
Come and enjoy a jamboree of free performance. The foyer and bars of Colston Hall will be filled with talent, tricks and tunes. Sip a drink, relax and enjoy the show!
A World Beyond follows the serious business of A World in Waiting with a dizzying display of talent – professionals, young people, performers from the community – acts from all over the UK and further afield. Drop in for as long as you like – A World Beyond is free and open to everyone!
See the list of performers below:
Capoeira School Semente da Senzala
Capoeira School Semente da Senzala Haarlem, Holland
Capoeira was developed by slaves in Brazil as a stealth strategy to outwit and combat their captors. This Brazilian art form will be presented by a Dutch Capoeira group in the United Kingdom; a fine example of how a marginalised group of people managed to inspire the world. Capoeira School Semente da Senzala offers community classes and workshops for children and adults, including a recently developed programme for teenagers with Autism.
The Cosmos Choir is an exciting group of young singers aged 8–13 from South Bristol, led by musical directors Laurie Gethin and Mark Lawrence, funded and managed through the education programme of St George’s Bristol. Cosmos meets for weekly after-school rehearsals at Knowle Park Primary, with members coming from a number of local primary and secondary schools. www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk
Keith Hyett – Guitar
Keith Hyett – Guitar
Instumental guitar music to take you on journeys around the world.
The guitar music of Keith Hyett comes from the heart, and is full of emotion. His inspiration is the natural world and the world where he lives. This is music to help relax you as well as inspire you. www.keithhyett.co.uk
The Green People
The Green People are emissaries of The Fun Revolution. They come in peace with the simple message to “dance like nobody is watching, love like you’ve never been hurt, sing like nobody is listening and live like it’s heaven on earth”.
Pax Nindi aka Harare Dread
Pax Nindi aka Harare Dread
Pax Nindi is known as the Master of Afrikan roots reggae, currently releasing his 16th album “Povo” recorded as a collaboration with Brazilian and Afrikan musicians. Although known in Bristol as the international Carnival guru, to his fans he is known as the radical Harare Dread whom for over 20 years has toured globally with his original brand of Afrikan reggae which critics describe as thought provoking, dry and heavy. “On stage Pax is a site not to miss” – Timeout
Povo album blog – www.paxnindi.tumblr.com
Website – www.hararedread.net
Music – www.cdbaby.com/paxnindi
Listen here ->
The Original Spinners
The Original Spinners
Clown inspired dance improvisation Collective. We are inspired by music and dance, the beauty of natural movement, living in the moment and responding to the present. It is a project that has happiness and play at its heart.
Dance Voice offers Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Education to Masters level, leading to registration with the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapists. We help client groups with many diverse difficulties including those with learning difficulties, acquired brain injury and mental health issues. Our Women’s Group will perform at A World Beyond
“I love singing.” Tashi brings his powerful and mesmerising vocals to Colston Hall, performing ‘Om Mani’, a Tibetan meditational song, and offering parental advice through ‘Alaye’.
The Cloche is a spin off organisation from Totnes School of Dance, dedicated to developing the provision of professional level training opportunities for aspiring and practicing dancers in Bristol and across the South West region. Our current focus is the establishment of a dance-led Free School in Bristol to enable young people to discover their potential and follow their dreams. www.totnesdance.com For information on The Cloche, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jukebox Juniors are an elite group of talented and passionate dancers who have recieved training at Jukebox Studios. Jukebox Studios is committed to giving opportunities to privileged and under-privileged members of the community and continues to make dance accessible to everyone. http://twitter.com/jukeboxstudios
A beautiful performance of interwoven percussive patterns with melodic accents and tunes on an original Swiss made instrument, called HANG
ATD Fourth World
The Roles We Play
ATD Fourth World is an anti-poverty organisation that engages with individuals and institutions to find solutions to eradicate extreme poverty.
Working in partnership with people affected by poverty, ATD Fourth World’s work focuses on supporting families and influencing policies.
ATD Fourth World is a member of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, a Non-Governmental Organisation working in 28 countries throughout the developed and developing world.
Bristol Constellations Project
History of Bristol Constellations Project: Bristol Past, Bristol Now, Bristol Next,
How does Bristol’s history impact on us today?
On November 30th 80 people came together in the Great Hall of Bristol’s council House to participate in a large group experiment to explore how Bristol’s history impacts on us today. It was an extraordinary event… very successful, introducing the Systemic constellations process as a means of connecting us with important elements of the past. Everyone seemed very engaged with the process and we learned something about Bristol’s history and about ourselves.
Feedback / Comments
An opportunity for all who attended to comment on the day and for those who visit our website.
Feedback sent to us via email:
“I really enjoyed the event and met a lot of people from diverse backgrounds but all ready and eager to discuss solutions rather than just focus on the problems. The whole of Bristol owe you and the team at the Pierian Centre a big thank you for pulling off the event and helping to draw European eyes to the work and energy that already exists in Bristol.”
“Congratulations and thank you! Wonderful, big ideas; great central venue; marvellous, gracious team; astonishing individuals! Another ambitious plan pulled off – well done”
“I feel marginalised, but today was inspiring with the opportunity to contribute”
“Poverty is not a lack of money, rather a lack of access – not having networks or friends. Get to know your neighbours.”
“I am impressed that people are challenging poverty. It is fantastic.”
“There’s an importance of having conversations about things that matter through creating a cafe society. There is massive potential for grass roots activism. This needs seed funding.”
“Young people should be listened to, understood and represented. I’m grateful for the year and this event. One group I’m involved with wouldn’t have been able to start without this programme.”
“Thank’s so much for the day it really was great, actually got a lot of different ideas than I expected!”
“It really felt like there was a positive energy going around.”
“It was a wonderful day, firstly because one knew that everyone there had the same ‘mission’. I am still buzzing from the discussions from those who gathered around my floating balloon to ponder ‘How can we break down barriers between communities?’. We had people from many different roles and we discovered the brilliant activities that some were engaged in.”
“Thank you Pierian for providing the opportunity for many sincere and like minded folk to move forward on their own agendas and bring people on board with new ideas!”
“I have great ideas about how the ‘smile club’ (I know there is one already as he joined the group) might become a symbol for breaking down barriers!”
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Evening Post: http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/lifestyle/Truth-Youth/article-3151747-detail/article.html
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BCFM The Arts Show 5th Feb 2011 – interview with June Burrough (approx 1 hr long)
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Moments of the Day
YOUTH OF TODAY
a poem by Katie Morrison
© Copyright 2011 Katie Morrison – All Rights Reserved
People crowd around him; He’s fallen where he lies,
Sirens are all wailin’, As the child slowly dies,
We all heard the story, A million times before,
War games for seekin’ glory, He ain’t playin’ any more,
Sound the alarm, World war 3, Kids tool up- artillery,
No Red Cross ting- Ad campaign, No conscription kids to beat an maim,
This ain’t no African dictator, Taking innocence from its creator,
It’s England, Ireland Scotland Wales the gangland violence war prevails.
While all the men in suits, They don’t know what to do,
Policemen hats and boots and they haven’t got a clue,
Let’s re-wind a little backward,
The beginning of the tail, The boy lying on the pavement before
His heart did fail.
We don’t know what its like, Walk in this young mans shoes,
Life heavy on his shoulders, Forcing him to choose,
His bredrins they are callin’, Say “come an make some doe”
And Ma say “continue schooling”
An’ young man doesn’t know,
The world tells him that he’s no good, Coz he lives in block an he bus’ one hood.
Our boy he had his head straight, An he used to hold respect,
Frustration, tryna please, An live how they expect.
But his struggle they all patronise, Say “he’s too young to rationalise”
He’s got no dad to lead the way, An mother’s out all night all day,
So he chose to fight to make them pay,
Since they wrote out boy off any way.
He’s standing on the corner; He’s friendly with the cats,
He’s sellin’ heroin to his brederins an that’s
Really how he likes it, Coz now he’s number one,
He makes more money than them teachers, who told him he was dumb,
So once or twice they bring him in, The men in suits sat judging him,
But excuse me, Mr Justice, but I’m somewhat confused,
Of what it is this young mans crime is, of which he stands accused.
You say that he’s a menace to this rich society,
You say that he will never learn if you let him walk free,
But sir you see I beg to differ,
The sentence your about to give there, should be served right by the state,
Who ignored him ‘til it was too late,
Who labelled him an’ pigeon- holed, ‘til he believed all he was told,
But it ain’t true It ain’t true Media’s words a storm does brew,
So what is it young man must do?
Confusion an’ rage He’s trapped in his age…
So, you wash your hands of him , coz he commit a sin,
Make sure you wash off all the blood your hands are covered in.
A spell in Young Offenders, becomes a “man” and learns his “trade”,
Dealing on the outside with those “connections” that he made.
Frontin’ out a gangsta role, before he knows he’s lost control,
Out boy he was the silent type, never one for violent hype,
But the streets they stole him early and sent him out for war,
He never stopped to wonder just what he was fighting for,
The junkie that had killed him, was just a boy himself,
Tryna earn respect an steal a little of his wealth,
He was written off almost the same, the whole world had forgot his name,
Unlike our boy, he turned to smack, that thing that sent him right off track,
Just as angry, just as sad, His whole life had bin labelled bad.
He knew out boy from the corner, he knew he carried gear,
An junkie had no money, the sickness filled him with the fear,
He went into his kitchen a picked him out a knife,
It was never intention of taking our boys life,
These two kids now, paths will cross, and result in such a tragic loss,
See the metal in the dark, held by hand with needle mark,
Hear the sound of muffled cries, as the life runs out his eyes.
The men in suits all shake their head “ we knew that he would end up dead”
It made the headlines, made the news, another kid was born to loose,
So sleep easy Mr Justice, in your mansion in West One,
Coz you say these two had choices in all that they gone done,
I guess I musta missed ‘em, I guess I didn’t hear,
See things, Mr Justice, aren’t all as they appear.
Point the finger, who’s the blamed? Our boy who just could not be tamed,
When all he sees is crime all trialled, An you call him a problem child?
Laws and rules so black and white, The lost causes and their freedom plight,
While kids are fallin’ down like files, the government talk spin and lies,
If no one care, and no one try, Child of out time will fall an die.
England Ireland Scotland Wales, again the gangland law prevails.
See the system isn’t workin’, an you blame it on the kids,
The truth is that they’re hurtin’ an you say they flip their lids
You bread a generation of disaffected youth
And now you cannot bear to listen to the disaffected’s truth,
Nurture, nature, Love ya, hate ya,
Was it something in the water that made these ASBO teens?
Or something in the 80’s, changing national schemes?
Stop blamin’ films and playstaition,
Blame governments and education,
Coz I for one will not bear the cross,
Of my generations tragic loss,
My names the youth of today
And its time you gave the youth their say.
A World in Waiting/A World Beyond
A poem created about the event by The Writing Edge
© Copyright 2011 The Writing Edge- All Rights Reserved
The world is waiting
for courageous change,
the world beyond
for a fairer future?
in search of balloons
There it is
Make a new group
find some chairs
Chaos settles to conviviality
This is about the children
this is about the women
this is about the men
this is about us.
Heads turn – the world waits
Synapsis fire – the world turns
Rivers flow – coffee is sipped
Ideas form, zinging and zipping in our bodies
Naive and fragile at first
Then together gaining confidence.
By recognising differences, we affirm our similarities.
I believe that only 40% of the population smile 50 times a day.
If you don’t turn on your smile and lead the way
your smile can brighten anyone’s day’s
If I can’t write a letter to the future
How can I make it real?
If I can’t eat paper
How can I make it an instrument to build a better world?
If I don’t talk to people enough
How can I voice the right to participate?
If I can’t encourage local activism and awareness
How can I defend public services?
If we have to hide our hearts and cannot bare them
How can we realise this dream?
If I can’t redefine prosperity so it is not just valued in monetary terms
How can I challenge empty words and policies?
If we can place Abunto at the heart of all decision making
How can we use the power of our imaginations?
If I can’t improve the relationship between the police and younger people
How can I practise peace?
If I can’t make the invisible and excluded visible
How can I write a letter to the future
This is about the children
this is about the women
this is about the men
this is about us.
You can give me the facts on government debt,
You can give me the targets on childhood poverty,
But I can give nothing in return.
But tell me a story and I’ll give you my heart,
Read me a poem and I’ll dare to dream of making it real.
This is about the children
this is about the women
this is about the men
this is about us.
I am frightened
when I walk the streets
frightened when I hear the sounds
of footsteps behind me
of the unknown pursuer,
frightened as I pass people in doorways or tunnels
because I do not trust the unknown.
I drive past these areas in my bubble of metal and glass
they are dangerous, I go as fast as I can
no need to worry about jumping red lights in this district
best to keep my eyes on the road ahead,
don’t look left or right, no alliance here,
if you catch their eyes, you will be caught
dragged, snared, sucked into that world,
A world where the voices are voiceless
sounds are soundless
and hearts appear lifeless,
the world is waiting to see what I might do,
what we might do,
but I am frightened
and yet if I look closely within,
to the fear inside myself,
that which frightens us is most beautiful.
It only takes one domino to fall
to begin the cascade, tumbling one by one
each, down the line.
If I look at the global picture
it is too big
if I look to the many to act
I can stay quiet
if I look to the few to help
I feel uncomfortably close, yet
if I look for me to change
there is no excuse.
Like a poem with no words
only inarticulate grants
we have to trust that this will make sense,
so we step out onto the air
and hope it supports us,
there is no other way
than to trust each other
that we will do what we say,
all of those around us.
Let the music begin,
the waiting is over,
let us go to the world beyond.
Open Space Technology
Developed by Harrison Owen, participants create and manage their own agenda of parallel working sessions around a central theme of importance to them. It is firmly based on principles of self-organisation and self-responsibility. With groups of any size Open Space fosters powerful connections between participants that strengthen learning, creativity and participation.
Open Space works best when the work to be done is complex, the people and ideas involved are diverse, the passion for resolution (and the potential for conflict) is high, and the time to get it done was yesterday. It has been described as the most powerful leadership and meeting approach for the 21st century.
At the World in Waiting and for the Better Bristol For All Open Space Project (September 2010 to February 2011) the Open Space process was facilitated by Vivian Broughton and Liz Martins and the following team of volunteers:
Marian Liebmann, Kate Linton, Julia Stafford, Rob Porteous, John Dawson, Em Sawday, Anna Rose, Marilyn Easton, Maria Grime, Arieh Kronenberg, Simon Stafford-Townsend.
A Better Bristol For All Open Space Project, September 2010 – February 2011.
During the past seven months the Open Space process has been used throughout Bristol in local neighborhood areas as community collaboration events with great success. Many local issues were addressed, Neighbourhood Partnership leaders were very satisfied with the results and the participants’ feedback showed that they really enjoyed the self-organising creativity of the OS process. The reports from these local events are all feeding into the reports generated on February 10th World in Waiting day.
A World in Waiting and A World Beyond have been supported by the following funders. Without their support this event would not be taking place! These events are the culmination of Bristol’s contribution to the European Year for Combating Poverty & Social Exclusion. The Pierian Centre has been lead project partner for this programme of events – and its Founder Director, June Burrough, has been UK national campaign ambassador.
The Pierian Centre – www.pieriancentre.com
Bristol City Council – www.bristol.gov.uk
Bristol Legacy Commission – Website Link
Awards For All – www.awardsforall.org.uk
While these events have been mounted by the Pierian Centre, the success of February 10th depends on the energy and talents of a wide range of partners and suppliers.
The Pierian Centre – www.pieriancentre.com
Vivian Broughton – www.vivianbroughton.co.uk
Liz Martins – www.panelmatters.co.uk
Liz Martins & Vivian Broughton – Constellations Open Space Partnership – http://www.constellationsopenspace.co.uk/
Liz Mitchell – www.movementor.co.uk
The Department for Work & Pensions – www.dwp.gov.uk
Mark Simmons – www.marksimmonsphotography.com
Luke Wiles – www.lukewiles.co.uk
Adrian Baxter – www.intelligentsolutions.uk.com
Katie Morrison – www.princes-trust.org.uk
H Bar – www.thehbar.co.uk
Colston Hall – www.colstonhall.org
Quista – www.quistaonline.co.uk
Balloon Buddies – www.balloonbuddies.co.uk
Bristol Office Furniture – www.bristolofficefurniture.co.uk
Ruth Burger – www.tincatdesign.co.uk
Watershed – www.watershed.co.uk
BCFM – www.bcfm.org.uk
Liz Crew (ExtraVerte Ltd)
Tim Denning (ExtraVerte Ltd)
The Writing Edge http://www.thewritingedge.co.uk/
The Bristol Partnership http://bristolpartnership.org/
The Federal Government of Belgium Planning Service for Social Inclusion http://www.mi-is.be
Ways 2 work – www.ways2work.org.uk (managed by the Regeneration Team within Bristol City Council)
St George’s Bristol http://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/
And most important of all a large team of dedicated volunteers!
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Bristol & European Year 2010: Working Together for Positive Change
Bristol’s participation in EY2010, European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, was a continuation from the city’s programme in support of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue in 2008. Since that time Bristol identified and progressed three key policy areas. The first was to promote community cohesion between established communities and new migrants, reducing incidents of racial hate crime, preventing Islamic extremism and tackling Islamophobia. The second was to recognise the professional qualifications of new migrants, particularly graduates and skilled workers and to support progression into employment. The third was to make public services and participation in local democracy and citizenship accessible to all, particularly to people who have little or no English. To encourage conversations across communities, Bristol had established neighbourhood partnerships, which set local level priorities and delivery targets.
The city council’s primary strategy was to enable grassroots organisations to take the lead in intercultural dialogue. The Pierian Centre, a social enterprise, took up this challenge and has led and partnered on a number of area-based and citywide initiatives to promote and foster community cohesion and civic activism. June Burrough, its director, is a UK Ambassador for EY2010.
Since 2008 there have been a number of initiatives that have in a sense created social movements and networks for building, bridging and bonding communities of area and interest. Themes have included:
• Reconciliation – engaging interfaith organisations, community groups and arts professionals and expressed through activity such as the Anne Frank & You exhibition and Bristol Reconciliation Reredos and the Bristol Celebrates festival in Inter Faith week.
• Combating Human Trafficking – a legacy of Bristol ‘s Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade programme in 2007 and realised through a new counter trafficking coalition of public sector organizations and voluntary groups and the annual Unchosen Film Festival
• Safeguarding Migrants’ Rights – the University of the West of England and the Pierian Centre have established The Migrant Rights Centre – an information and advice service primarily for residents with refugee and asylum status building on the annual Refugee Week season and the City of Sanctuary initiative
• Promoting Sustainability – Bristol is the UK’s pioneering Cycle City and was the only UK city to be short-listed for European Green Capital status in 2009. Bristol is also a Fairtrade City.
• Celebrating Diversity – Bristol’s new cultural capital projects, such as the Colston Hall Foyer, and events and festivals taking place in libraries, arts venues, community centres and open spaces have been supported by a thriving community media sector. Volunteers representing the city’s great pluralism of ethnicities, identities, languages and faiths support Bristol Community FM, Ujima Radio and Radio Salaam Shalom.
“Working Together for Positive Change” has been the main theme for Bristol’s EY2010 programme. Wider public interest in the year was gauged at an open forum event at the Watershed Media Centre in April 2009. Tricia Griffiths presented the DWP’s role in developing the UK’s national action plan for EY2010. The three key questions open for discussion were:
1. The programme of events – what is already happening in 2010 in Bristol? How can we work together on these projects?
2. Who is missing and who should be involved in 2010?
3. How do we take things from here? What do we want to achieve at the end of 2010 and what will we aim to take forward in the coming decades.
Topics raised included:
• Initiatives around prejudices in employment, offering realistic access and routes for socially excluded groups (e.g. homeless, mental illness)
• Offering progression routes for young people, bringing together young people from a wide range of areas so they can access provisions and opportunities on offer
• Specific targets for helping people out of poverty
• Intergenerational activity and exchanges, and
• The provision of affordable housing
As a result of this event a steering group was established to coalesce Bristol’s public, private and voluntary sector contributions to EY2010. A number of organisations across Bristol delivered services and activities using EY2010 themes, such as:
• The Article27 Partnership – agencies working with mental health clients towards progression in employment through arts activities
• Aspire Bristol – provision of employment, accredited training and work placements for long term unemployed, the homeless, ex offenders and recovering addicts
• Clean Slate Training and Employment set a target of 10,000 hours of paid work for people who would otherwise not gain employment and help 100 people to help themselves through paid work backed up with structured support and professional development.
• Exchange Group – helping low-skilled people with accredited training in maths, literacy, business skills and digital competency
• Mencap Pathway – providing adults with learning difficulties with training and support for finding employment
• SPAN Study Centre – childcare training and ESOL classes for single parents
• Bristol City Council’s economic regeneration directorate – through its Ways to Work network, over 80 professionals took part in a work shop entitled, “Worklessness in Bristol: How do we make the difference in challenging times?”
On March 16 2010 Bristol hosted the national UK launch of EY2010 at the Council House, with the theme, “Poverty: it’s everyone’s business.”
Participants included Anna Neagle MP, Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society; Sarah Lambert, UK Head of Representation to the EU; Adam Sharples, Employment Group Director-General at DWP; Kate Wareing, Programme Director at Oxfam UK; Maeve McGoldrick, Campaigns Coordinator at Community Links UK and Sue Cohen, Director at Single Parent Action Network and June Burrough Founder Director of the Pierian Centre.
Bristol Cathedral was the venue of the city’s EY2010 programme launch on March 22 2010 with a public gathering of 350 people and stalls representing 45 local organisations. The event included presentations from people experiencing poverty, poetry, music and food. The initiative was promoted to “establish a shared vision for prosperity and inclusion in Bristol, and to bring together people to identify best practice and where current provision is failing.”
The Pierian Centre fundraised for and led on a number of EY2010 showcase projects. These included:
• Portents (September 2010): A tent city on College Green with 50 artworks by 45 groups from across 13 postcodes of Bristol on the theme of ‘Home History and Hope’ which involved over 1000 citizens
• Bristol Before, Now and Future (November 2010): A ‘History Constellations’ project looking at how the city’s heritage had impacted on aspects of living and working in the present day.
• A Better Bristol for All (October 2010 to January 2011): Under the theme of “Creating connections, Finding solutions”, a series of 9 open space workshops was held with community representatives and residents in neighbourhood partnerships and also with groups involved in regeneration and employment skills training and development.
A World In Waiting and A World Beyond
Bristol wrapped up its EY2010 season with a grand open space finale at Colston Hall on February 10 2011. Three events were organised:
i. A policy briefing to affirm commitment to an EY2010 legacy by the city council and its strategic partners
ii. A series of open space-styled conversations focussing on the aspirations of citizens and stakeholders, and
iii. A cultural celebration with performances by many of the community arts groups working with socially excluded communities and individuals.
The day began with a business breakfast attended by leaders from the spheres of politics, business, culture, housing and community activism.
Barbara Janke, Leader of Bristol City Council, welcomed participants with a presentation highlighting that Bristol had both the highest GDP per capita of any city outside London and the highest employment growth rate in the UK. Ms Janke commented that Bristol was both an activist city and a city of contrasts, measured through:
• Indices of deprivation
• Educational attainment
• Young people’s motivations, lack of expectation and unemployment, and
• Poor health
Ms Janke observed that bringing people together could make a difference, such as the inclusion of public health into the council’s structure and the delivery of integrated services. She believed that devolved budgets give confidence and enable communities to take hold of circumstances and take projects forward.
Julien Van Geertsom, Director of the Public Planning Service for Social Integration, Federal Government of Belgium, provided the keynote address. He said that the EY2010 programme had demonstrated the importance of Europe for engaging on subjects such as human rights.
Mr Van Geerstrom felt that areas of growth must be SMART, sustainable and inclusive. He observed that, for the European year steering group, poverty was defined as an aggregate of:
• A 60 per cent of median incomes
• The number of jobless households, and
• Multiple deprivation
The European strategy towards 2020 had identified five targets, plus the social dimension, realized through innovation and social experiments and active inclusion in areas such as jobs, social enterprise, access to services and homelessness and housing. Europe’s 2020 Strategy targets were:
1. 75% of the population aged 20-64 should be employed
2. 3% of the EU’s GDP should be invested in R&D
3. The “20/20/20” climate/energy targets should be met
4. The share of early school leavers should be under 10% and (at least) 40% of the younger generation should have a degree or diploma, and
5. 20 million less people (at least) should be at risk of poverty.
October 17 is recognised by the U.N. as World Day Against Poverty. For this year’s commemoration the European group evaluated policy, in particular the participation of poor people and stakeholders in programmes and projects.
Mr Van Geersrom outlined Belgium’s three priorities:
1. Child Poverty – including monitoring and transparency
2. Minimum Income, and
3. An active inclusion strategy, incorporating life in dignity, participation in the labour market, access to services and homelessness
These priorities had been work-shopped using the medical consensus model. A participant had observed that whilst Belgium’s anti-poverty policies and framework model might appear progressive, nevertheless, “You cannot eat paper.” Effective action was all-important.
The exclusion from public services and employment of Roma Gypsy people in some European countries provided an example of multi-level deprivation of communities based on race.
In her presentation at the introduction to the open space workshops, Helen Ball, Director of the Bristol Partnership stated that the aim of the Partnership was that by 2020 Bristol was celebrated as a top 20 European city across a range of measures. The city’s 2020 strategy had four main outcomes:
1. Making prosperity sustainable – bridging gaps and overcoming barriers
2. Reducing health and wealth inequality
3. Strong and safe communities
4. Raising children’s and young people’s aspirations and achievements
Each outcome had four strategic actions. The Partnership was also championing a child poverty strategy.
Around 200 people took part in open space workshops throughout the day. Topics were varied, including:
• The relationship between poverty and childcare
• ESOL and access to childcare for women
• How to tackle long term unemployment
• What does prosperity mean? and
• How can we reduce income inequality in Bristol?
Feedback in the plenary session included the following comments:
I feel marginalised, but today was inspiring with the opportunity to contribute
Poverty is not a lack of money, rather a lack of access – not having networks or friends. Get to know your neighbours.
I am impressed that people are challenging poverty. It is fantastic.
There’s an importance of having conversations about things that matter through creating a cafe society. There is massive potential for grass roots activism. This needs seed funding.
Young people should be listened to, understood and represented. I’m grateful for the year and this event. One group I’m involved with wouldn’t have been able to start without this programme.
The day ended with A World Beyond , a free cultural evening of staged and improvised performances by a kaleidoscope of talent and ages, including:
• The young Sing Up singers of the Cosmos Choir
• The women’s group from movement psychotherapists, Dance Voice
• Bristol Refugee Rights group with Bahman Salahshour
• Pax Nindi, radical master of Afrikan roots reggae from Zimbabwe, and
• Capoeira School Semente da Senzala from Haarlem, Holland. This group provides community classes for children and adults, including a recently developed programme for teenagers with autism.
Participants from A World In Waiting and other open space events will be encouraged to choose their priorities from a list of around a dozen headlines produced by these open space discussions. These will be posted on the Pierian Centre’s website for an online vote. The top five themes will be present to DWP as Bristol’s five “Policy Asks” for the year.
Bristol’s EY2010 steering group intends to work with the Bristol Partnership on agreed annual targets towards 2020. The group will also identify and spread best practice from the year, along with generating new ideas and leveraging sustainable investment to Bristol’s grass roots organisations to help people out of poverty and exclusion.
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