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Big Society!

Civil participation & local solutions as answer at austerity
‘Meedoen en lokale oplossingen in een tijd van bezuinigen’

The Hague / Den Haag 11 februari; 19:30
Den Haag

‘Huis van de Democratie’
Hofweg 1

Speaker: Philip Blond

(Res Publica, UK)

Philip Blond is adviser of various governments and his model of the ‘Big Society’ is a challenging answer at the crisis in markets and governments.

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This event is organised by the ECPF in co-operation with Gidsnetwerk ( GIDSnetwerk intends to connect leaders to achieve a better local community. Those leaders need to have an open eye for local possibilities to improve society and to solve excisting problems with the support of professional parties.

Phillip Blond is an internationally recognized political thinker and social and economic commentator. He founded ResPublica in 2009 and is an academic, journalist and author. Prior to entering politics and public policy he was a senior lecturer in theology and philosophy – teaching at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria. He is the author of Red Tory (Faber and Faber 2010) which sought to redefine the centre ground of British politics around the ideas of civil association, mutual ownership and social enterprise. His ideas have influenced the agenda around the Big Society and have helped to redefine British politics. Papers he has authored while at ResPublica include 'The Ownership State', 'Asset Building for Children' (with Dr. Sandra Gruescu of ResPublica) and 'To Buy, To Bid, To Build: Community Rights for an Asset Owning Democracy' (with Steve Wyler of the Development Trusts Association). He has written extensively in the British press including The Guardian, The Observer, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Prospect and the New Statesman. He is a frequent broadcaster – appearing on the BBC and Sky as well as foreign media outlets. His ideas have attracted attention both nationally and internationally and he speaks all over the world on the idea of a new economic and social politics based around free association and group formation.