Everyone seems to be claiming they are community-led, or that they support community leadership, or telling others they ought to do it.
But what does being community-led actually look like on the ground? How do you make it work? What are the pitfalls and contradictions? How do you sustain it? Is it more of a frame of mind or must it be a formal process? Is it, indeed, always desirable?
It’s time to have honest ‘warts and all’ conversations that cut through the glossy rhetoric so we can help people deal with practical challenges of trying to make it work.
— ‘Warts and all’ learning from from high profile community-led organisations on the benefits and challenges of community leadership.
— Connection with other community-led organisations, supporters and funders that can offer practical support and guidance in response to your own, specific questions or challenges
— Exploration of both the formal and much more informal ways community leadership comes about.
— Support to start to work on your own practical challenges in committing to community leadership or trying to fund or support others to make it work
— A more rounded view of the opportunities and risks of community leadership.
— A broader understanding of the different formal and informal ways of trying to make community leadership work, and how that might change over time.
— New contacts and, hopefully, friends (we are gradually building a network around this topic).
— Some practical ideas or next steps on your own personal challenges or opportunities.
Anyone either trying to make community leadership work, or trying to support or fund it, that is prepared to be open about their experiences, and has some practical challenges they would like to work through with others.