Joe Tibbetts is the founder and CEO of CLGdotTV. He hosts Working Lunch and chairs AnswerTime the CLGdotTV panel show. Joe chairs conferences and advises public and private sector organisations on how to get heard.


Fun Palaces - an engine for place making that is driving community cohesion


© CLGdotTV 2018

Watch Stella Duffy, writer and theatre maker, co-founder of the Fun Palaces campaign, on Working Lunch with Darren Henley CEO Arts Council England, Tuesday 31st.

Stella Duffy on Working Lunch with Darren Henley CEO Arts Council England. See twitter @CLGdotTV for details

Fun Palaces is a campaign started in 2013 that is now the driving force behind a weekend of action every October. Fun Palaces combine arts, craft, science, tech, digital, heritage and sports activities for and by local people and led by the local community. These weekends increasingly act as a catalyst for community-led transformation. In 2017 there were 362 Fun Palaces made by 13,750 local people with 126,000 participants. This is clearly a little more than a picnic in a park.

The CLGdotTV audience - local government, blue light services, social care & health services etc -  are increasingly focussed on "place making". The term is all too often used loosely so for the avoidance of misunderstanding our definition is building environments and encouraging mind-sets that support cohesive, confident, proud and sustainable local communities.

The understanding that such an endeavour might be itself a good thing has not always been shared among those in power. In the last 100 years, national and local government has, all too often, destroyed, ignored and under resourced existing communities and done little or nothing to help in the development of new communities where immigration, demographic change or decaying housing stock has meant an influx of people from different backgrounds joining what was once a cohesive group.

Now we understand that broken communities can become recruiting grounds for gangs, hot-houses that breed trainee terrorists, nurseries for drug abuse, criminality and knife crime.  These can become home to disillusioned, de-motivated people un-coupled from the democratic process and sceptical of what society can offer them. More recently we have come to understand that communities will be asked to step into gaps appearing in the fabric of social care and to compensate for lack of funding that means that the police cannot undertake all the necessary policing activities.

Much of the necessary place making activity is about infrastructure, transport and access, buildings and spaces. All of this takes time and requires massive investment. Sharing creative activities however (many of which are associated with science or technology not just traditional arts activities) can drive place making, can "pop-up" over night, can mobilise a community's own resources and produce spectacular and timely results. All the more reason then why those in power who hold the national, regional and local purse stings should get behind such initiatives. 


Joe Tibbetts
August 2018


An Audience with CLGdotTV No3 - central London, 23 October 2018

will focus on social care and health, topics covered will include:

integration of health and social care services around place
the HR and skills connundrum at the heart of social care and health integration
the challenges of patient/citizen information sharing and how these can be overcome
the role of population, NHS ‘SUS’ and other data in improving service interventions and outcomes
self-supporting communities – how far will social prescribing and asset based commissioning take us?
the potential of apps and other digitally-enabled products and services in social care
the sustainability of current health and social care systems.
seats in the audience are very limited if you want to #beoneofthe60
email Ben Webber for more information.


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