Oh what a beeee-ooootiful morning!

The Co-production Network for Wales officially launched itself on to an excited world (50,000 twitter links during the day – awesome!) on 26th May in Welshpool. The start of something very special…

Fabulous contributions from the 90+ attendees; enthusiasm, radicalism and innovative creativity in all directions. Stunning presentations from Spice, Community Lives Consortium, Monmouth Council, Bron Afon Youth Forum and NPT Homes. Plus our shortlisted candidates (down to a hugely talented 14 from over 60 applications) helping to facilitate the morning planning sessions with intelligent gusto.

And Edgar Cahn in person, all the way from Washington, inspiring us all with his belief in Wales and the Network: ‘you are the cutting edge of the world’.

If you want to re-live the delights of the day, or enjoy them for the first time, here’s the Storify that the amazing Adrian Osborne put together, and techno wizard Dave Cook has put the celebratory video up on Youtube. Happy viewing!

So now we just have to make it happen. With the emphasis on we – currently a 1000+ strong collective of co-pro supporters and practitioners.

If you aren’t already signed up, please join us now and encourage colleagues to sign up too: Co-pro Network mailchimp list. In the next couple of weeks we’ll be sending round information from the event planning sessions, video links and general updates. We’ll also be looking for partners to work with us on specific work-streams…please have another look at the Network proposal and let us know if / how you’d like to get involved.

And, should you need a bit more encouragement, here’s the quote from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks that Edgar used at the launch:

Frankl used to say that the way to find meaning was not to ask what we want from life. Instead we should ask what life wants from us.

We are each, he said unique: in our gifts, our abilities, our skills and talents, and in the circumstances of our life. For each of us, then, there is a task only we can do.

This does not mean we are better than others. But if we believe we are here for a reason, then there is a tikkun, a mending only we can perform, a fragment of light only we can redeem, an act of kindness or courage or generosity or hospitality, even a word of encouragement or a smile, only we can perform because we are here, in this place, at this time, facing this person at this moment in their lives.

Together we can make this happen!

Thanks all.

Ruth

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About Ruth

UK National Teaching Fellow and Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University. Founder of Co-production Wales (All in this Together), co-pro trainer and consultant, working to make co-production 'the way we do things' in Wales. And having a ball!

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