Greta Thunberg began her campaign of school strikes aged 15. But in the UK she would need to wait another three years to be deemed mature enough to cast her vote. Greta’s story is indicative of the challenge of young people’s meaningful involvement in climate change policyRead more →
Posts relating to resources we have produced
The report detailing the youth group process and its findings is available here. Young people are highly aware of the threat to their futures from climate change yet are rarely able to influence the ‘gatekeepers’ of climate emissions – those decision makers in Cumbria whose strategies andRead more →
In these times of deepening democratic deficit, with trust in government at an all time low and social inequality spiralling, we believe it is more important than ever to place people at the centre of the big issues facing society — from mitigating climate breakdown, to socialRead more →
The Reasons to be Cheerful podcast, hosted by Ed Miliband MP and Geoff Lloyd featured Participatory Budgeting. Ed and Geoff were talking about a BIG idea that’s transforming how towns, cities and even schools are run across the world. Participatory budgeting (PB) involves letting citizens decide how public money is spent.Read more →
We have contributed to a number of free resources on participatory budgeting. We want to pull these together and share these with you. For a number of years we have been talking about participatory budgeting(PB) can empower citizens. And also providing important services to help people take action or improve their participation processes.Read more →
With funding from the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), an ESRC supported network that brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors, Shared Future CIC has published a guide for local authorities and other bodies. The guide aims to support local authorities and other bodies thinking of commissioning a citizens’ assembly or jury. It considers how such processes might address the climate emergency, what is involved and approaches to design and delivery.Read more →
We’re excited to see the birth of numerous new community led mutual aid groups eager to help their neighbours. Every neighbourhood has tremendous people with untapped skills and experience.
When we join together we are a vital lifeline for those who are bearing the brunt of Covid-19; whether for those physically distancing themselves or those who might not have access to the support they need in this crisis.
Getting and keeping people together is however sometimes easier said than done. At Shared Future our long experience of community development and community organising suggests that there are certain things to be thinking about when undertaking a much-needed community-led response.
Julie Jarman, whilst working with Church Action on Poverty created this simple overview of the principles of Sustainable Livelihoods for us. She explains through the use of a real life scenario why it can be a rational and sensible choice to forego a low wage income and instead prioritise ‘social goods’.Read more →
What links Participatory Budgeting and Social Enterprise? Through reflecting on long-term qualitative learning of Participatory Budgeting in the UK, viewed through a social economy lens, we found that Participatory Budgeting, in and of itself, stimulates the development of new cooperatives and sustained social action.Read more →
At our free afternoon event on Tuesday 2nd July in Central Manchester, running during National Co-Production Week (1st-5th July 2019) we offered an opportunity for Health and Social Care professionals to learn about citizens inquiries, juries and assemblies and explore their increasing relevance to person-centred health care and towards supporting effective co-production. Download the event resources on this pageRead more →