On 3rd May in sunny Colwyn Bay, North Wales, social enterprise Coaching Well held an inspiring Communities Can conference, with 200 participants. The event was chaired by Neil Wooding, Director of Public Service Management in Wales, who made a convincing case for more collaborative and empowering ways of working and for the need to change organisational cultures. The keynote speakers were Edgar Cahn and Chris Gray who spoke movingly about the core economy, and the humanitarian principles which underpin co-production, particularly about the need to value people as assets, to build their confidence and self-belief, and to ensure reciprocity and equality in our relationships.
In the World Cafe after lunch, we considered how co-production, timebanking and coaching could be used to build and sustain our communities and improve our public services. We didn’t have all the answers but the conference certainly raised awareness of the issues, and of possible co-produced solutions. And it increased AitT membership in the process.
More information and links about the conference outcomes and presentations will be added shortly.