Cultural Playing Field

Discussing culture and the Big Society by Robin Simpson
July 22, 2010, 12:08 pm
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On Wednesday I was in London for a meeting of the ACEVO Arts, Culture & Heritage special interest group. In preparation for the Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, attending our next meeting in September, we had an extremely interesting discussion about the role the cultural sectors can play in ‘The Big Society’. In particular we focussed on the three main ideas of ‘The Big Society’ as described by Jonty Olliff-Cooper of Demos: to ‘turbo-boost’ the Office of Civil Society; to encourage civility and neighbourliness; to reform public services. We agreed that there was much that the cultural sectors are already contributing to civility and neighbourliness and the potential for them to do more.

Robin Simpson.

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