For most people September is a time for putting away the summer linens and unpacking the jumpers. For the Fellowship team it can be one of the busiest periods of the year with the majority of Annual meetings, Annual Conferences and Forums taking place around the UK. From Bristol to Nottingham, Cardiff to Dartington, Belfast to Leeds, Annual Meetings have been taking places all over the country.
The Fellowship team pack up their portable kit bag, RSA Banner and take turns in ensuring there is staff representation at all the sessions. The majority of meetings bring together Fellows, new and regulars, together to talk through ideas, activities and themes. For 2012 we have had a focus on introducing new core Teams, new Regional Programme staff and introducing Development Plans for each RSA area outlining their core aims and objectives. I will post further details on how to the development plans are progressing but there are some overlapping ideas and tasks emerging which include:
- improving communications at a local level, through face to face interaction and social networks
- shifting culture to improve how we live, engage online and develop communities
- audit Fellows skills, strengths and relationships
- develop activity through collaboration and partnership
- nominate new Fellows and grow thematic networks
These are just some of the ideas but all the Regional Teams welcome further suggestions and recommendations as tasks. With a mixture of size and locality across all UK areas no one size development plan fits all and we will be shifting objectives to best serve the relevant area.
So dear reader what objective would you like to include in a development plan? Which task would you like your area to take forward?
Deputy Head of Regional Programme