How can communities develop most effectively so that people feel empowered?
This webinar is one of a series of three looking at grassroots community, development and democracy. It follows from an earlier webinar we held on "Reshaping Grassroots Politics: Organising People for Power." This webinar will give a brief overview of Community Development and will focus on how communities can build capacity to what the tools needed to do this are.
It will particularly look at the work of Paulo Freire who developed means to turn ideas into action through making action relevant to community need. So this webinar will raise some questions for discussion.
• Where did Community Development come from, where is it now and where is it going?
• What is the relationship between the ideas of Freire and Community Development practice?
• What does it mean to be ‘in and against the state’?
• The contested nature of Community Development: strength or a weakness?
• What is the difference between Community Development and Community Organising?
This first webinar will be presented by Matt Scott who is the Director of the Community Sector Coalition. Between 1996 and 2008 he worked in a community development role in South East London, including management of the Lewisham Community Empowerment Network. Prior to this he has worked in the North East and Midlands in a number of roles including as an advice worker, volunteer co-ordinator and manager in several workers co-operatives. He is also a Director of the National Coalition for Independent Action, a founder member of the Community Development Network London and an occasional lecturer at Goldsmiths College where he is completing a PhD on the role of communities in the modernising local government agenda.
For details or how to sign up for this online event: click here.