Cultural Playing Field

The civil society agenda by Robin Simpson
March 27, 2008, 5:05 pm
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I was in London on Wednesday to attend my first full NCVO Executive meeting since being elected to the Executive in February. Among many other topics, we had a very interesting discussion about NCVO’s plans to develop the ‘civil society agenda’ – looking at how voluntary organisations, community groups, universities, trade unions, housing associations etc. can work together to develop a strong and healthy civil society. This echoes the mission statement the Voluntary Arts Network adopted many years ago and I will, of course, be working hard to ensure that arts organisations are an integral part of the developing agenda. Two key issues came out of our discussion: firstly the need to see ‘civil society’ as a space in which to work together rather than a ‘sector’; and secondly the need to identify specific causes and issues that will motivate all parts of civil society to work together.

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