Tackling Poverty and Inequality. Community Cafe event

Hi, I have been asked to see if there is interest from the Transition group.

Phil C

Tackling Poverty and Inequality:
Learning from international practice for changing North East contexts


Recent years have seen dramatic changes to the environment in which we work. Purely defensive responses to poverty and inequality aren’t working; we need to challenge ourselves to think about the future in new ways and how we can make an impact. We believe there are things we can learn from different global contexts, particularly where austerity and scarce resources are a long-standing reality.

If you are someone who:

  • is involved in working with groups or communities to tackle a specific issue or problem, or
  • is concerned about the injustices you see around you, or
  • is just frustrated with our inability to bring about sustained changeThen this programme will be for you. It will tackle three key questions:
  • how can communities tackle poverty?
  • what can communities do to affect change and create a more just society for all?
  • how can communities tackle inequalities of power?This short and intense programme will lead to some pilot projects, and will include:
  •   What’s beyond the near horizon? Creating a picture of local communities in the next 10 – 15 years. Professor Matt Baillie Smith from the Centre for International Development, Northumbria University, will challenge us to think critically about the global context for future practice, followed by a workshop session run by Graham Leicester from the International Futures Forum.Wednesday 18th February, 10.00 – 4.00 pm
  •   3 Community Cafes chaired by Ed Cox, IPPR North, to learn about innovative practices from the Global South and to provoke new thinking around the themes of workers, social movements, and grassroots women’s organising.Tuesdays 3rd & 31st March, Wednesday 29th April, 5.15 – 7.45 pm
  •   A final ‘Open Space’ day event providing an opportunity to consider a framework for moving forward and to develop proposals that will be tested in the second phase of the project.Wednesday 13th May, 10 – 4 pm

    Taking part:

  • The programme is free and is being hosted by the Centre for International Development and funded by Northumbria University
  • All events take place in central Newcastle
  • If you are interested and meet our criteria you must be able to attend each of the events. However, if morethan one of your group are able to attend then you may be able to cover the events between you
  • The programme is not about solving organisational problems or the delivery of statutory services

We have a limited number of places, so do not delay and sign up today … by emailing your name, contact details, and any access or special dietary needs to p.biddle@northumbria.ac.uk by Friday 6th February and we’ll confirm your place with a detailed programme.

Chris Ford, Christine Morrison, Esther Salamon
and Katy Jenkins, Darryl Humble and Tom Vickers (Northumbria University)

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