Development Trusts NI (DTNI), a member-led network of community development practitioners, is set to host its annual conference in the Duncairn Centre for Arts & Culture on September 19th.
Re-branded as the Community Expo 2018, the conference theme is Community Ownership: A Movement for Social Change; a concept that drives much of the work of DTNI. For those not au fait with asset-based community development this promises to be a fascinating look at how communities can realise their social ambitions and create real sustainability through the ownership of physical assets i.e. formerly state-owned land or buildings.
The conference will however expand upon this concept so that the term applies to not just physical spaces but to ownership of process and of systems. The DTNI argument goes that communities could “own” services by challenging the way they are delivered, and/or enter partnership delivery arrangements with local authorities. Most importantly they can take control of decision-making that affects their communities directly. In this way, citizens can truly own the communities in which they live.
To register for the Community Expo ‘18 go to Get Invited for card payments.
For cheque/invoice payments options or for information about exhibitor opportunities contact Stevie McGirr at email@example.com; 028 90 31 1132.