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How migration has shaped who we are 
The Migration Museum explores how movement of people to/from Britain has shaped identity–as individuals, communities, a nation. New Exhibition shines light on role migrant entrepreneurs have played in shaping our lives.
Faith changes everything about your work - 2
You need to be preaching in ways that talk about their work, thinking about city impact from their work, what work suffering does in their hearts, blogging about their work, visiting them at their workplaces.
Digital mission - 2
We need to be present at the wells, the pools and the marketplaces just as Jesus was in our online communities. Where could these be for you? Could it be the local Facebook group, local hashtags, local business social media?
Digital mission - 1
How can we as Christians, as church communities, mark success as digital missionaries? The danger is that we could get sucked into the influencer culture - narcissistic, chasing mass approval and likes. What can we do differently?
Faith changes everything about your work - 1
By seeing something broken and trying to care for people impacted by that brokenness, an act of love in the workplace led to natural evangelism conversation about how it all began because of Christian beliefs.
Create a gratitude wall
One or a number of linked blackboards labelled 'Today, I am grateful for..'. People write their answers in chalk on the board(s). Many benefits inc freeing from toxic emotions, appreciation of people, improved mental health..
Helping people with trauma after a disaster - 2
Trauma healing materials mainly focus on help that can be given when sufferers are in recovery. There is less material to help with practical care immediately after a crisis. Article seeks to address this..
Thriving community businesses provide economic and social boost despite the pandemic 
They are run by local people, trading for the benefit of the community to which they are accountable. They make positive impacts and exist to help make places better.
Making music, changing lives: Youth orchestras help at-risk kids 
“There’s benefits to music involvement; recovering from traumatic experiences, fostering positive experiences with learning and developing interpersonal skills - so essential to life."
The Flourishing Business Canvas
The Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit is a management innovation to enable leaders to design their flourishing enterprise: socially beneficial, environmentally regenerative and financially viable.
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Events (7 found)

Online - Ideas into Action: Lived experience leaders introduce their startups
Ideas into Action will launch 10 social enterprises and non-profits, started by lived experience leaders with refugee backgrounds.

The event is a “best of two worlds” blend of pitch event and friendly meetup: 10 new social enterprise founders supported by the Ideas into Action incubator want to meet you and tell you about their new social enterprises. Your solidarity and connecting with you beyond the event means a lot to the new founders.
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 and In-person - From the Ground Up: Unearthing Hope and Seeking Justice - London
@Oasis Academy South Bank 75 Westminster Bridge Road London
What does social justice look like where you are? 

During the pandemic, ‘local’ has taken on a renewed importance. The needs, characteristics and opportunities in our communities have been seen in different ways. A new role for the ‘local’ has emerged in the political landscape too, as ‘levelling up’ and regional and national identities are given new prominence. And, across the UK, grassroots organising is bringing new power to campaigning for change.

The Joint Public Issues Team’s 2022 national conference will begin with the local:
  • What does social justice look like where you are?
  • Where do we find hope in our neighbourhoods?
  • What can we learn from those who are already doing this work?
  • How can local change be part of changing the bigger picture?
  • How can we unearth hope and seek justice From the Ground Up?
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.
Online - Finding Frontline Confidence Monday to Saturday - London
It often feels easier to be confident in our faith on Sunday when gathered with other Christians than when we’re out and about in the rest of the week. Confidence is harder to muster on our frontlines, where we can feel more alone – the ordinary places where we spend time day by day, among people who don’t follow Jesus. It’s easier to sing a little louder than to live a little bolder.

Most of us would love to grow in faith-confidence for our frontlines. But we also want to avoid edging towards arrogance. Whenever we see confidence combined with humility and kindness, we find it attractive and evangelistically powerful.

So how can we gain confidence when gathered in church and then use that confidence when scattered in the world? How can we support, encourage, and embolden one another as whole-life disciples when we are apart?
Online - Mission Summer School: six dimensions of Being With
Engage more deeply with the theology of mission and explore how it relates to your own practice. The summer school will focus on Being With and reflecting on being with God, being with ourselves, being with God together, being with near and distant neighbours and being with creation. A mix of teaching, workshops, case studies and interviews the summer school will take a different theme each day:
  • Being With God and Being With Ourselves
  • Being With God Together
  • Being with Near Neighbours
  • Being With Distant Neighbours
  • Being With Creation
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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