Back in December we reported that TAG [ The Professional Association for Lecturers in Youth and Community Work ] was entering the fray of consultation with an ambitious series of ‘Shaping the Future’ conferences in March 2016. We stressed our obligation to participate in these events. In addition we marked our commitment to cooperate with TAG in its desire to gather evidence to inform a subsequent report on the shaping of future youth and community work.
The following statement from TAG is offered as a framework for responses to the key question posed, ‘what do you see as the future for youth and community work?’
As part of the series of forthcoming regional conferences, on the future of youth and community work being organised by the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work (TAG), we are interested in getting the views of colleagues on the future of the profession. How do you see the future of youth and community work philosophically, practically, organisationally, politically, socially and professionally? We are interested in ideas that are ‘visionary’ and ‘pragmatic’. As a means of furthering dialogue, extracts of the thread may be highlighted and offered as catalysts for further discussion at the regional conferences, with a summary of discussion at these events posted back on to the blog. We are also considering ways of capturing these imagined futures in potential publications. If you do not want your comments to be included in any such publication (pseudonyms/ participant codes would be used), please indicate on your post. Any further questions or comments can be directed to Graham Bright at email@example.com
Thus we would encourage both IDYW supporters and critics to contribute to the debate. As well as responding directly to Graham you can use the Comments facility on this blog/web site to post your thoughts. So too we will be collecting responses on our Facebook page, which we know many people find more user-friendly. A significant advantage of posting publicly either here or there is that your ideas have the chance of prompting and catalysing further thinking, either ‘visionary or pragmatic’.
Please direct further questions about the conferences themselves to: firstname.lastname@example.org