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Online - The connected community, discovering the health, wealth, and power of neighbourhoods
The relationship between organisations and communities across the world is changing and this change is going to require a fundamental shift in behaviours from both officers in organisations and residents in communities.

International speaker and author Cormac Russell will draw on the concepts and approaches from his previous book: Rekindling Democracy: A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space and his new book which he co-authored with John McKnight, The Connected Community to spark a wide ranging discussion on how best to put communities at the centre of change. The keynote will explore four fundamental questions for creating vibrant and resilient: what can communities do that organisations cannot, what can communities do with organisations that neither can do alone, what can organisations do that communities cannot, and how can we get these competencies and strengths better aligned?
Online - Strength in Weakness?
‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’ – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Sounds good, right? But what does it really mean for us when we’re exhausted – particularly after the pandemic? From Zoom fatigue and interminable NHS waiting lists to work burnout and debilitating loneliness, we all have plenty of reasons to feel weak right now. Often, our instinct is to hide that weakness.

But what if we embraced our human limitations and disabilities, even our sickness and poor mental health, and leaned into God? In a world addicted to progress and strength, acknowledging how far we fall short is far more impactful than pretending to be perfect.

We need a better conversation about how to follow Jesus when times are tough – wise to the truth that our best witness in this post-pandemic world is not our strength, but instead a humble embrace of our weakness. Three theologians discuss.
In-Person - Big Local Connects 2022
@De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre Beeston Lane Nottingham
The theme for Big Local Connects 2022 is Celebrating Local.

This year will see a range of celebrations taking place across the country, to mark different events. From street parties and tree planting for the Queen’s Jubilee, to the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup.

For the Big Local programme, 2022 is a year of milestones and we want to celebrate these along with all the other great things happening in your communities. It’s the first year that some areas will spend their £1.1million grant, the Community Leadership Academy will be celebrating the graduation of its Wave 2 cohort, and Big Local’s sister programme, Creative Civic Change, will be coming to an end with a celebration in October.

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