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"Hi Anita, Thanks for your comment on social impacts.  I've managed to download 'Use or ornament' so its on my reading list!  I agree that pinning down cause-affect relationships may not be the best approach for some…"
Feb 10, 2012
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"Hi Tom, Thanks for your further comments - really interesting and important questions, and ones that occupy me a lot in my work, but I can't say I've found the answers! Demonstrating the outcomes and understanding how to capture meaningful…"
Feb 9, 2012
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"Hi Anita, Thanks for your comments, and for the web links.  I've just been browsing them and getting absorbed! A few things spring to mind, firstly, how come I'd not heard about The Passion performance.  This looks truly…"
Feb 7, 2012
anitanee left a comment for Tom Archer
"I should also mention that Voluntary Arts does some valuable work in supporting non-professional/self-supporting arts groups (from quilters to choirs) in the community - www.voluntaryarts.org. I worked with them last year on an arts in health…"
Feb 7, 2012
anitanee left a comment for Tom Archer
"Hi Tom, Thanks for your comment. I'm interested in this area simply for my own learning/professional development - although I have no specific involvement in such a process at the moment, it's something that is/will affect the way…"
Feb 7, 2012
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"Hi Anita, Welcome to the Transfer Process Group.  Your work sounds really interesting, are you working on any exciting projects at the minute? I'd be keen to hear your thoughts about how creative processes can help develop rural…"
Feb 7, 2012
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This theme is about(a) How services can be effectively transferred from local authorities to new partnerships with social enterprises and the third sector; and(b) innovations in rural service design and delivery emerging from this proceSee More
Feb 6, 2012
Paul Allen left a comment for anitanee
"Hi Anitanee, Just a quick note to welcome you, we are based at the Centre for Alternative Technology, just up the road in Machynlleth. You can find out more about what we do at www.cat.org.uk I have been involved with music all my life, running a…"
Apr 12, 2010
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"Hi Kirsty, thanks very much for your comment on my wall, it's lovely to have a personal welcome. I'm looking forward to finding out more about Fiery Spirits and all that's going on. I'm about to kick-start a (long term) campaign…"
Mar 19, 2010
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Mar 18, 2010

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Welcome! FierySpirits is for activists and professionals who are building vibrant, resilient rural communities. Tell us a little about why you'd like to join?
I'm a writer/communications practitioner specialising in working with creative organisations (particularly music) and those involved in social justice, I also have a long term association with a local community centre, was actively involved as a volunteer board member for their community arts programme and introduced a BBC digital storytelling project to the Centre, which went on to be set up for the local community.Your work sounds really interesting.
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I'm a writer and communications practitioner specialising in working with creative organisations (particularly music) and those involved in social justice. I worked for Sound Sense, the UK development agency for community music for many years, and have been freelance since 2000. I was born and brought up in a village and now live in a small market town and I feel strongly about the importance of strong - and creative - communities in rural areas.
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At 16:17 on February 10, 2012, Tom Archer said…

Hi Anita,

Thanks for your comment on social impacts.  I've managed to download 'Use or ornament' so its on my reading list! 

I agree that pinning down cause-affect relationships may not be the best approach for some initiatives/activities. Though i'm sure, like me, you have felt the pressure to demonstrate 'value for money' from projects. 

We came face to face with this reality when we did our SROI of community development.  In fact, the main reason we did it, was to obtain a simple message with which to argue for the protection of CD worker jobs (e.g. 'for every £1 spent on CD workers it generates £3 of social value').  Looking back i have mixed feelings about this, were we too pragmatic? Should we have taken a different approach? I'm not sure.

Anyway, i'm sure this issue fo social value isn't going away.  I know the people from Argyll and Bute are looking into the social impacts of some their projects, and i hope they'll share there learning with us.

Tom

At 19:50 on February 7, 2012, Tom Archer said…

Hi Anita,

Thanks for your comments, and for the web links.  I've just been browsing them and getting absorbed!

A few things spring to mind, firstly, how come I'd not heard about The Passion performance.  This looks truly innovative.  I was also really interested the Healthy, Social, Creative work - particularly how creative stimulus/activity can help mitgate some mental illnesses.  This got me thinking about 'attribution' - that tricky job of proving something causes an effect.  In 2010 I was involved in a Social Return on Investment study of community development (CD).  It was hard to capture all the impacts of CD work.  The process of quantifying outcomes (and putting monetary values to outcomes) seemed to miss alot of the human-level impacts. 

I'd be keen to know if you've been involved in any such attempts to measure social impacts for arts/creative projects, and any learning you've gleaned.  I know a few members are interested in this subject.

Tom

At 11:35 on February 7, 2012, Tom Archer said…

Hi Anita,

Welcome to the Transfer Process Group.  Your work sounds really interesting, are you working on any exciting projects at the minute?

I'd be keen to hear your thoughts about how creative processes can help develop rural communities.  I have some links with this organisation (http://www.28ploughhill.co.uk/) which was one of the BBC's Village SOS projects .  I think they've successfully combined arts/heritage projects with public service provision (they house the local library).

I'd also be keen to know why your interested in service transfer, and how we as a group can support/advise/challenge.

Look forward to hearing more.

Tom

At 12:27 on April 12, 2010, Paul Allen said…
Hi Anitanee,

Just a quick note to welcome you, we are based at the Centre for Alternative Technology, just up the road in Machynlleth. You can find out more about what we do at www.cat.org.uk

I have been involved with music all my life, running a community access studio in Liverpool, before comeing to CAT, where i have been now for 21 years.

Do pop in if your in the area!


Paul
At 10:34 on March 19, 2010, Kirsty Tait said…
Hi Anitanee
Belated welcome to fieryspirits.com- we hope you find the site useful. There is a guide under welcome in the home page which gives an introduction to the site and this work. Your work sounds really interesting- it would be great to get more discussion focused around the creative industries on this site. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions
All the best
Kirsty
Kirsty Tait
Rural Programme Co-ordinator

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