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Imagining Flourishing Neighbourhoods in Sheffield

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Flourish Cafe

In partnership with FlourishCafé, Citizen Network, Opus & Neighbourhood Democracy Movement

Eri Mountbatten-O’Malley (PhD) and Dr Simon Duffy will support citizens of Sheffield to develop their vision of flourishing neighbourhoods. FlourishCafé is a world café-style event with graphic facilitation. This work builds on Citizen Network’s ‘It’s Our Community’ programme and will explore how citizens, the voluntary sector and health and social care services can rebuild their relationships around a flourishing framework for the people of Sheffield.

You can expect soft and enjoyable world music to be played in the background, with drinks available in a relaxed environment of dialogue, conversation, and artistry... Our inquiry will begin with these initial questions:

  1. Learning from the past: What have we learnt so far?

  2. Conceptual work: What does flourishing look and feel like for people in neighbourhoods & communities?

  3. Blue sky thinking: as members of the community, what role do we have in nurturing spaces for flourishing communities? And what can we do about it?

If you are passionate about moving ideas into action, please join us for an unforgettable experience.

Eri is Senior Lecturer in Education at Bath Spa University. Specialising in the areas of global education, education policy, philosophy of education, equality and inclusion, Eri draws on these applied and eclectic strands of research and teaching experience to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students to excel through their student journey at the School of Education, Bath Spa University.

His highly original and provocative research focuses on how philosophical issues can help to redress common social problems.

Founder of the Citizen Network Research, a Sheffield-based think tank which works globally. In 2020, the Centre launched the Neighbourhood Democracy Movement to advance grassroots democratic citizen action.

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