It’s a bit like snakes and ladders this whole co-pro business. Mostly I’m leaping nimbly up the rungs like a young goat (only vastly more fragrant), energised by the glorious loveliness of the co-pro community. And then I remember welfare cuts and job losses and austerity and it’s back down the snake to the pits of doom.
This morning I was at the excellent Wales Public Services 2025 conference anticipating a goat moment, particularly since Lisa Curtice was coming down from Scotland (she heads up the Alliance and is a co-pro champion of the first order). Then the event started. The first three presentations were about money, the lack of money, and expected continuation of the lack of money unto the forth generation. Chart after chart plunged us down in to the pit (one delegate from Carmarthen plaintively asked if the Samaritans would be available in the break), and then something interesting happened. Not quite a goat but certainly not a snake. A snoat perhaps.
Mark Jeffs from the WG Audit Office had tipped us in to the snake pit via a range of pink and grey charts showing best-case scenarios (pretty bad) and pessimistic-but-likely case scenarios (desperate).
Then he showed a possible response. Here it is:
What a delight this is! Joined up thinking with people and values at the heart of it all. For all you snoat-lovers out there, here’s a link to the whole report.