One of the legacy threads for the Pioneers Project is the development of an Equalities Partnership across the UK to bring equality focused organisations / groups / communities together to work together and learn from each other.
The purpose will be to engage with those those whose voices are not currently heard or represented in civic decision making, and develop capacity / address the barriers to participation. There should also be a principle of bridging the gap between disparate perspectives on equalities to expand beyond silo or protective perspectives on equalities. I believe that this can only happen if we can facilitate challenging conversations, between people and groups that may have very different perspectives. We are living in heightened times, where people feeling that their voices haven’t been heard, or have been dismissed, is having some serious consequences nationally and globally.
The Pioneers Project is proposing to support an initial development phase of this initiative, which would include:
- Mapping out existing equalities / local interest group networks (tapping into existing community / equalities mapping initiatives, identify gaps where representation is missing across the equalities spectrum (including the spectrum that exists within each protected characteristic group, and the intersections across)
- Reviewing data / research identifying inequalities and underrepresentation in civic engagement / decision making
- Engaging individually with groups to explore their perspectives, visions and challenges. This would include facilitated sessions to explore individual identities, and how the relationships between peoples / organisation’s identities can lead to blindspots, barriers to collaborating
- Facilitating an open conversation (event in / around February 2019) leading to a collective proposal to the Big Lottery UK
- Providing support to write up the proposal
Centre for Good Relations and Arc of Inclusion are discussing supporting the Pioneers Project to develop this initiative with Ruchir.
We’ll keep you updated, and would welcome any thoughts / views / contributions, particularly given the equality and inclusion expertise within this network.