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October 26, 2012

Not too sure what i’ve let myself into, but have offered my experience and services to a charity, well a charity of sorts…it’s all very worthy and somewhat out of character with my other work and history – but lives up to my hippy ideals at least.  The lucky beneficiary of my wisdom is a fledgling, county-wide initiative.  A network for all the small community and environmentally concerned groups across Shropshire.  A place for them to learn from each other, gain experience, and have a unified lobbying platform.  Such wonderful aspirations and ideals.

And so, i met with the council representatives and the founder for, what ended up being, a 2 hour meeting.  I started off being very polite, but by the end of the meeting had essentially taken apart their constitution, explained to them the difference between objectives and aims, described a short-term strategy, taken over all their communications and i will be chairing their next steering group meeting.  Hmmm.  Not so much joined, as commandeered.  But, i think so far, it’s a welcomed coup.  Both the founder and the council sent me emails afterwards thanking me profusely, wishing me luck, and looking forward to working together etc etc.  It’s going to be a challenge – i’ve no doubt about that.  If i thought that the little Belle Vue Arts Festival committee was comedy (which i’ve recently found myself secretary of), it’ll be nothing compared to the mixture of sandal-wearing passives that’ll be on the steering group.  Have no fear, i will be diplomatic.  But firm.  It’s going to be frustrating, but fun, and hopefully, ultimately rewarding.  And when it stops being any of that then i’ll leave.

Obvs, there’s no renumeration involved.  That would be silly.  But…it could grow.  MWAHAHAHAHA…one small committee after another, and soon i’ll be CHAIR OF THEM ALL!!!!  MWAHAHAHA…(hmmm, might finally have lost the plot).

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  1. October 27, 2012 5:38 am

    Sounds like you have really dusted off your Birkenstocks and yet…. Monopoly in the not-for-profit/charity world – a whole new board game. I wonder what it would look like and if people would buy it? xxxC

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