Category Archives: Community

#WorkingOutLoud Social Leadership and Community Research: Compassion

Just sharing some very early stage #WorkingOutLoud, as i complete the first of a series of four ‘gatherings’ in the NHS in Scotland. The sessions explore people’s experiences of ‘community’, their perceptions of ‘leadership’, and their ‘stories of dissent’. Through … Continue reading

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Shadow of a Person

I recognise in myself that i do not treat the people i see sleeping on the street equally: sometimes i ignore them, sometimes i try to give a kind word, sometimes i buy them a cup of tea (which is … Continue reading

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Islands of Belief

We live on islands of belief, carefully forged by our immersion in local culture, established education, held in tribal groupings, dominant doctrine and ideology, and internally reinforcing: to be within the tribe reinforces the strength and resilience of the tribe … Continue reading

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Evolving the City

As many of us do, i think i know a place, when all i know is what surrounds me: a walk through New York takes in my favourite routes, cafes, bars, and vistas. I think i know the city, when … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [3]: Loci

There is always a locus of engagement, a point where we are anchored. Multiple points maybe, for different contexts of our lives, but some place, or thing, that acts as the tether. If you are at school, the loci may … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [2]: Gangs

What is a gang? A social structure, certainly, with defined membership, and rituals surrounding that. A structure with hierarchy, either formally defined, or discovered through experience, either fixed, or fluid. Territorial: a gang is associated with a subset of geography, … Continue reading

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Engaging Power [1]: Conflict

To think that gangs are an aberration, or impermanent structure, is a mistake: they are stable social structures, governed by the same bonding mechanisms as the local church, or regional police force. They are structures of power, partly formalised, partly … Continue reading

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