Cultural Playing Field

NCVO Members’ Assembly meeting by Robin Simpson
October 23, 2009, 1:51 pm
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On Wednesday I was at the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations in Manchester for the second meeting of the NCVO Members’ Assembly. It was good to see NCVO continuing to use a creative approach to the assembly meetings: the format again gave us good opportunities to interact with most of the other people in the room and incubated some innovative ideas on ‘the good society’. As part of the development of NCVO’s civil society agenda, and the NCVO Manifesto for the general election, we considered the questions: “what is the good society?”; “how do voluntary and community organisations help to create the good society”; and “what will we need from the next government to achieve it?”. I worried, at first, that this might lead to an unrealistic utopian discussion but as we worked through the exercises some very clear ideas emerged. It was a really interesting and thought-provoking day.

Robin Simpson.

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