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And at the RSA... I have now been working for the RSA for a couple of months alongside the wider teams of Fellows in Yorkshire & Humber and the North East.  Our two new Chairs are bringing together a strong and warm Fellowship, focusing on  sustainable programmes of work in our regions.  [pullquote]Simply by using this language of food, we have opened up conversations, new ways of looking at space, new ways of working across our communities, new ways of bending existing investment

And at the RSA... I have now been working for the RSA for a couple of months alongside the wider teams of Fellows in Yorkshire & Humber and the North East.  Our two new Chairs are bringing together a strong and warm Fellowship, focusing on  sustainable programmes of work in our regions. 

Simply by using this language of food, we have opened up conversations, new ways of looking at space, new ways of working across our communities, new ways of bending existing investment

- Pam Warhurst

Autumn events have so far included challenging questions at the RSA Yorkshire lecture delivered by Professor Michael Arthur on world class education in a changing landscape.  In both Leeds and Newcastle, in partnership with UnLtd, social entrepreneurs came together to look at the 'social' and 'entrepreneurial' aspects of their work.

Some interesting conversations:

  • “Do organisations ask the question ‘are we wanted’ often enough?”
  • “Bridging of services portfolio – investment against long term return”
  • “Not the inspiration but the perspiration that needs resourcing … emphasise the hard slog in the middle bit”

And looking forwards to the future: Incredible Edible – if you have just 2 minutes go onto this amazing TED talk to get under the skin of what's happening in the region.  Police stations have caught onto propaganda gardens...

Pam Warhurst explains:  “Give everyone the opportunity to become the growers of the future. Encourage schools to integrate the story of living soils and sustainable practices into their school culture so kids are inspired to become tomorrow's farmers.  The list goes on and on because, simply by using this language of food, we have opened up conversations, new ways of looking at space, new ways of working across our communities, new ways of bending existing investment. We've even started to think in terms of food yards instead of miles, and the logic of supporting some of the poorest people on the planet by flying their food to the opposite corner of the globe to sit in our supermarkets.  And it's through this almost organic process, through the recognition of the power of small actions, that we have begun to believe in ourselves again, to invest in our own capacity to deliver a different,  kinder future. To rediscover grassroots democracy for ourselves, not through a text book. And for me, that's Incredible.”

The North East is developing the social enterprise sector following the excellent Catalyst-funded project Reap & Sow, bringing together a change in learning, expectations and development in prisons through design of furniture.

Take just two minutes to see Kate Welch's comment – it really shows how social and enterprise come together!

As I say ….it's warm up North ! …..

Julia Davis is the Programme Manager for NE, Yorks & Humber.  You can follow her @juliadavis111

 

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