We are pitching ideas at London Funders, City Hall and others about how to introduce more network thinking and digital technology into current plans to reframe support for London civil society.
The Way Ahead initiative, led by London Funders and their partners, produced a report in April 2016 on how to reframe support for London civil society. This report proposed:
a vision and system that puts London’s communities at the heart of the way we all work. From co-producing an understanding of need and how to tackle it with our communities, through to better sharing of intelligence and data, and making sure that civil society’s voice is heard in decision-making at a strategic level, there are recommendations for us all.
The TWA initiative then released working group reports, held a conference, faced criticism about lack of communication and little community involvement. Community groups and networks unhappy with TWA formed Our Way Ahead to press for changes. Reference to main documents here, and blog posts about the main events below.
The main recommendation in The Way Ahead report was for a London resource hub, and in November 2017 the City Bridge Trust announced first year funding of £350,000.
On November 16 2017 we ran an event at London Metropolitan University with Our Way Ahead to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for civil society. We created a set of project ideas, and proposals for a Community of Practice for network builders