"Hi Debi: yes transparency and accountability are easy to agree to but it's a lot of hard work to deliver them in practice. I think Stewart makes some good points in his reply to you. In practice each community group might need to appoint one of…"
"Hi Brian. I found your response quite hard to understand, so I'm not quite sure if I have understood you. I agree about being open-minded about seeing virtue in others in their cultural setting and supporting them in that in pursuit of…"
"I have been musing over the ‘7 capitals framework’. It’s good that ‘cultural’ and ‘political’ are included as important aspects of local capital. But isn’t there another elephant in the room? The thing…"
"Hi Lars. Good post. Although I think the 'money system' (as opposed to wealth as such) is inherently biased towards the rich and can't be left to its own devices.
If we all tend to filter self-examination out of issues, this is not…"
"Great idea about a financial incentive NOT to have a driving licence. What about unlimited free bus travel, like the over-60s but without the time restriction? This could be especially attractive to younger adults, who struggle to get affordable car…"
"Hi Nick: thanks for this update. But isn't it still in the arena where an ecotown will need to 'wrest itself from ... colonisation by techno-innovators', as you said in a previous post? What is going to stop these ecotowns gradually…"
"Lars wrote: I agree with your comments on my Cornish eco town blog about debating the need for an "inherent belief system" for an eco town. What are the benefits and the drawbacks of such a requirement. What would one look like?! I suspect…"
"I loved your example of the Indian community and the BNP. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall! Mind you, this kind of thing can be contentious because in seeking community cohesion in these kinds of ways we can find ourselves trivialising…"
"This is a fascinating set of questions, because it raises basic issues about what community is, what holds it together and how depth of community can be created and then sustained. We have huge questions around today about the loss of an…"
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My background is mostly in adult Christian education, both here and in the developing world. I believe that the Christian faith is a force for the development and the liberation of people into all that God has intended for us. Mostly that has been true, and is still true throughout most of the world today. Recent history in our own culture in the UK has cast the church into the role of resistance and the curtailment of freedom, and my passion is to see the Christian faith liberated again in our setting to be the driver of human flourishing that Jesus spoke so passionately about and which he risked (and gave) his life to achieve.
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