Firstly a big thank you to those who managed to join us on the day at the Disrupting Poverty event. For those of you who weren’t able to join us – no matter, but please read on.
The event managed to raise the profile of poverty in Leeds which is timely and important. As construction work continues on new shopping centres and the arena I am far from convinced that we yet have a similarly ambitious and robust project to disrupt poverty in the city.
The event caught the eye of several MPs, councillors and council staff from several departments and ranks who support our efforts. We must not underestimate the power of a coalition of citizens to influence constructively around this agenda.
The event got great coverage on Radio Leeds and Radio Aire, although sadly none of the regional television programmes picked up on it. We also got excellent social media coverage on twitter and facebook.
By the end of the day we had started to focus on several goals which included:
- Producing a draft manifesto to Disrupt Poverty in Leeds – we need to complete this and perhaps develop it further
- Holding another meeting to expand the numbers of people engaged and drive towards further action
- Developing a working party to help push the agenda forward
I think this is a critical time for a still fragile and diverse community who came together for a day to think innovatively about disrupting poverty. We have already made a difference to at least some lives, and raised awareness of the issue, so if we stopped now we would not have completely wasted our time. I am willing to keep pushing things forward – but would love for the workload to be shared. I am also happy to hand over the baton to anyone who fancies leading the next chapter…..
So, how can you help?
- If you were nominated by your table to write up a paragraph or two on a manifesto topic then please forward it to me via email as soon as possible. Andy Bagley and Alan Mann have already forwarded their contributions which I think provide excellent templates.
- If you wish to stay informed and signal your support then please:
- visit our facebook page, give it a ‘like’, leave a comment, share it with your friends and encourage them to do the same – http://www.facebook.com/LeedsInnovationLab
- visit the Disrupting Poverty in Leeds website, sign up for the email updates (on the right hand side) leave a comment, share it with your friends and encourage them to do the same – https://povertyinleeds.wordpress.com/
- if you tweet, please continue to use #dispovleeds to share thoughts comments and links relevant to disrupting poverty in Leeds
- Get in touch if you have (one or more of the following) time, money, knowledge, energy, commitment, enthusiasm or any other resources that you are willing to offer us to help drive the work forward.
- Reflect on what you are able to do to facilitate the development of a citizens movement on poverty in Leeds
- Tell me of any existing groups focused on disrupting poverty in the City with whom we may be able to co-operate
- Forward this email onto at least 2 people who you think we should engage and ask them to consider getting involved in the project
It seems to me that there is a tremendous desire to make our city a place where poverty need not permanently blight lives.
Now we need to organise and work to make it so.