Demos – 2020 – Northern lights

March 3, 2009

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MANIFESTOS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF NORTHERN EUROPEAN CITIES

“What kind of places do Europe’s northern cities want to be as they look forward to 2020? Can they tell a distinctive story of optimism, inclusiveness and imagination?

Glasgow as a city is often pulled south- by comparison, competition and control- to Edinburgh, Manchester and London. But what if Glasgow chose to look north and east instead? Might its Nordic neighbours provide a better ‘urban peer group’ for Glasgow to exchange ideas, learn and collaborate?”

GLASGOW 2020

“Glasgow 2020 is a project to collect together the imagination of the city to tell a new story about its future. This site is a place to read and submit stories, make wishes and check out events about the future of Glasgow. What’s your story?”

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Third Sector – Common Purpose

February 26, 2009

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CHARITY ON THE LOOKOUT FOR LEADERS

” Speaking at the launch, attended by representatives from a variety of Basingstoke’s leading businesses including Motorola UK’s new chairman Graeme Hobbs, (OK) was Common Purpose founder and chief executive officer, Julia Middleton.

A founder and former member of independent think tank Dermos, Ms Middleton spoke about her views on responsible leadership in uncertain times.She said: “I would suggest that we need more leaders who are prepared to look outside their own space and run the risk of being known as interferers – people who will look at issues that are not their own and not just stick to what is written on their business card.”

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2020 – Demos – Policing

February 26, 2009

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DEMOS – POLICING 2020 – A FORCE FOR CHANGE

“A Force For Change is based on Demos’s experience over two years in guiding groups of senior police officers through a ‘futures thinking’ exercise, using four scenarios designed to help them think about the strategic context for policing in 2020. Based on interviews with over 150 senior police officers, the report argues that reform of the police force must be ‘future proof’.

It proposes that, instead of the incremental change being envisaged, the 43 police forces in England and Wales should be scrapped and replaced with no more than a dozen regional forces. The report’s authors also propose that police authorities should be abolished and replaced by more democratic forms of control, modelled on the management structures used for SureStart and Foundation Hospitals.”

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Demos 2050

February 25, 2009

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DEMOS 2050 – THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING

“Here are some of the things we’ve already done or are about to do:

* The future of the New Zealand public sector – a scenario planning exercise involving over 100 trade unionists

* Police training – a future planning exercise that we’ve done with over 150 senior police officers over the past few years

* Glasgow 2020 – an ‘exercise in mass imagination’ involving lots of Glaswegians in building a vision for their city

* Picture This! – a futures tool we’ve used to help organisations look at where they go next with education. Partners have included Kent and Clackmannanshire councils.

* A futures workshop with the OECD DAC and DIFD on creating a shared vision of security sector reform

* The programme for talented Labour councillors – a training porgramme for local politicians based on scenario techniques.

* The future of recruitment – how will people look for work in 15 years time?”

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Think Tanks – Demos

February 25, 2009

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THE GREEK ORIGIN

“in ancient Greece, country district or village, as distinct from a polis, or city-state. Dēmos also meant the common people (like the Latin plebs). In Cleisthenes’ democratic reform at Athens (508/507 bc), the demes of Attica (the area around Athens) were given status in local and state administration. Males 18 years of age were registered in their local demes, thereby acquiring civic status and rights.”

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DEMOS

“Who we are:

“Demos is a think-tank focused on power and politics. We search for and communicate ideas to give people more power to shape their own lives. Demos’ vision is a democracy of free citizens, with an equal stake in society.
What we work on
Our work is driven by the goal of a society populated by free, powerful citizens. It is animated by four themes…………….”

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Leadership conspiracy theories – Common Purpose

February 22, 2009

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LEADERSHIP CHARITY – POSSIBLY SECRETIVE, ELITIST WITH LINKS TO THINK TANK AND GOVERNMENT

“It is amazing just how far the Demos team have ‘moved on’ from their days ‘upholding’ Marxism to embrace the ideology of the right, any old post-modern cobblers, big business and the shadowy connianvances of think tanks. Demos has spawned all manner of parasitical children. Take the example of Common Purpose (CP). This was started by Demos trustee Julia Middleton. It has been around for sometime but gained a great deal of funding with the advent of New Labour and its service towards business elites. Initially money was put in by David Bell, the Chairman of the Financial Times (and the Millennium Bridge Trust). CP is another strange organisation, a kind of secret society for careerists. Again the board has some mysterious figures presiding including Lord Dahrendorf, the chairman of the right-wing Ditchley Foundation and Prof. Laurence Martin of the like-minded Royal Institute of International Affairs. “>

NOURISHING OBSCURITY – RHETORIC OF THE QUISLING

“I shy away from that insanity, those things but these people are right into it and therefore it needs to be confronted. All my talk of cabals in the last year is only the surface issue. The real issue is the craziness coming out of Bavaria, Zurich, Paris and New York, not to mention London.

Very easy to spot – diffuse light blues blending into diffuse yellows in their headers, sun symbols, meaningless drivel as taglines, e.g. securing the future today and other balderdash like that. Their pages are slick and businesslike and they use feelgood terminology about “bringing people together” and so on. Second Life, the U.N. and Common Purpose are examples.

On the surface, it’s all about management, leadership and the new technological revolution but the rhetoric behind it is exactly the same which Agatha Christie wrote of in N or M [Dodd, Mead & Co., 1941] .

It’s the same old story – pinpointing likely people in positions of authority or who are likely to be, tweaking their egos by showing them and by associating them with snippets of the elite which controls the government of the nations, how they’ll be part of the crack leadership group sweeping away mismanagement and inefficiency and so on and so on. An example of one of these Brave New Worlders:”

FEAST OF PALMER – COMMON PURPOSE BEYOND DEMOCRACY”

“Visionary leadership or new-fangled management?
CP’s offer of visionary leadership training to enable the new managers to understand and negotiate the layers of organisational complexity in the new modern world significantly pre-figures the debate pending on the future of democracy and pre-empts any discussion that might be had about who we want leading us (if, indeed, we want that at all). The imagined community, with communal power at its centre, vanishes with the introduction of specially trained leaders appointed by nobody, who will sniff out where the “real power” in communities lies and act accordingly, having co-opted, relegated or sidelined opponents who are not specially identified and trained leaders.

Now here’s the thing. I can’t easily locate balanced debate on this subject, which puzzles me. The ‘pro’ people seem to assume that there’s nothing more than training involved. The ‘antis’ are sure that it’s all about indoctrination and control. I want to find out more about who’s involved with Common Purpose and what they think they’re getting out of it.”

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