Not sure if this has had any pick-up but in Francis Maude’s speech he promised to set up his own army of community organisers:
So we’re creating a Big Society Bank, training a whole new generation of community organisers, involving more voluntary and social enterprises in public service provision. Social action; community engagement.
Could this possibly have been borrowed from David Miliband’s “Movement for Change”, modelled on Barack Obama’s similar campaign?
Miliband trained a thousand people to be his agents of change. (It’s not clear what they are doing now). Not that this is a criticism of Maude – all the best politicians borrow ideas from inside and outside their own parties.
Maude is determined to flesh out his Big Society rhetoric with practical ideas. Apparently he is casting around for suggestions from around Whitehall to be included in an announcement within weeks, designed to prove that the BS concept is not just a worthy phrase. Whether we actually hear it no doubt depends on the calibre of those ideas.