A post inspired by the BBC Radio 4 journalists' roundup over Christmas.
There were some great shows on the radio over Christmas (which is more than can be said for the tele, but that's another story); One of the shows which captured me while I was knocking up the cranberry sauce was a review of the year with some of the Beebs best journalists. They provided a fascinating insight into the state of our world. I don't promise to be quite so fascinating but hopefully these thoughts will be slightly provocative and might insight you to make a comment. Since this is the first post on our blog, a few comments would get us off to a fabulous start........
I've chosen the topic of "Themes for 2015" for this first blog. What are the words that I would like to see encapsulate some of the happenings of 2015, both here in Wakefield and further afield?
My two words for 2015 are Collaboration and Femininity.......
Let’s take Femininity first. In 2015 I would like to see us embracing the feminine and by that I mean embracing empathy for our fellow human beings, learning to solve our differences with the pen and the spoken word rather than the sword, learning to fess up to our failures (really important!) and acknowledging some of the things that are set to severely restrict the future of the human race (consumerism, climate chaos, restricted biodiversity etc) and actually doing something about them! And when I say we, I do mean all of us but particularly those who have global impact……. our politicians - men as well as women. Our adversarial political system needs to bite the dust, but not only that, from somewhere needs to rise the concept of the care and thought for our fellow man. The role of the voluntary sector in all this? Well, I think that we in the sector often embody the values of the feminine - we work hard to empathise in our chosen communities so that we understand them better and can provide properly for their needs - perhaps there is a role for us here to shout louder about what works and show others how it can be done.….. which brings us on to….
Collaboration: Collaboration relies on trust and friendliness, an absence of competition! Many of us in the not for profit sector fully recognise that collaborations can bring huge reward and yet increasingly we are being required to compete with each other for ever scarcer resources. Nonetheless, collaboration remains at the core of the values of many voluntary sector organisations - we collaborate with other organisations, with the communities in which we work and indeed one of our key strengths is often that we have collaborated to such an extent that we are view as friends within our communities…… something which cannot always be said of central government bodies, much less of private corporations! Collaboration is, and will continue to be a key to our success and we mustn’t let the competition for contracts, work and money undermine this.
What themes do you think will be key in 2015 and what do you think of my ideas? Leave a comment below and let us know.
Written by Fiona Cooper who is the Communications Manager at Nova Wakefield District. She has an MBA from Cranfield University and has a range of experience in organisations around the world from . She is a big believer in the power of soft skills and humour to help change minds.