Since July I’ve been talking on this blog about empowering the local community, giving them a voice and allowing them to make tenable decisions that affect the local community.
I call it The Purley 2.0 Project.
He calls it “The Big Society”.
Apart from clearly showing that I am a credible candidate for PM next General Election, I think it’s especially important for us in Purley/ in Croydon/ in Britain to understand the implications of this new dawn in British policy and to appreciate how this embryonic philosophy will affect us in many different areas – for better or for worse.
All I’m asking for you to do right now is to understand The Big Society.
If you want to read the Big Society manifesto in full, click here. It’s not too long and it’s an easy read.
If you’re ADD and would prefer the Cliffs Notes of the Big Society. Read these three salient points of the Big Society below that I pilfered from The Big Society Network website.
- Empowering individuals and communities: Decentralising and redistributing power not just from Whitehall to local government, but also directly to communities, neighbourhoods and individuals
- Encouraging social responsibility: Encouraging organisations and individuals to get involved in social action, whether small neighbourly activities like hosting a Big Lunch to large collective actions like saving the local post office
- Creating an enabling and accountable state: Transforming government action from top-down micromanagement and one-size-fits-all solutions to a flexible approach defined by transparency, payment by results, and support for social enterprise and cooperatives
How I foresee us going about making this happen however, will be another post for another day…