Creating a Speakers’ Corner Programme – Quick Steps

Overall Aims

  • to sustain and develop the project by
    • securing active support for it in key sectors
    • establishing a core group to champion it (and facilitate events)
    • organising a minimum of three high profile events
    • facilitating a minimum of three (third party-led) events
    • raising public awareness, interest and support.

Objective 1 – Developing a Network

  • to develop relationships with voluntary, community and educational sector organisations in order to
    • raise awareness
    • build support
    • secure active involvement in the project through
      • membership of the Speakers’ Corner Committee
      • organisation of Speakers’ Corner events
      • dissemination of information about to members and networks

Key Tasks

  • to identify and build relationships with the key voluntary sector and educational organisations, community and interest groups and local campaigns most likely to engage with the project in terms of their
    • own aims and activities – are they ‘public-facing’ and keen to showcase themselves or their issue?
    • capacity – do they have the leadership and human resources to undertaken new activities?
    • campaigns – do they have any major campaigns under way or in prospect (see below)?
    • resourcefulness – are they open to new ideas and/or capable of generating their own?
  •  to develop a simple, ‘mutual’ proposition
    • project provides a platform
    • organisation provides an event

Objective 2 – Developing a Programme

  • to put together a manageable programme of events on a range of topics at the Speakers’ Corner and/or at venues or events around the borough

Key Tasks

  • to organise (and secure a core of speakers for) at least three Speakers’ Corner events with a general appeal which might include
    • May Day
    • a local Free Speech Day (on a date to be determined)
    • a general ‘open mic’ event
  • to facilitate at least three events organised and led by local groups which ideally might be matched to active local groups and organisations (see above) and coincide with campaigns for which specific dates have key significance, for example in 2016 (see Awareness Days, National Awareness Days and other websites)
    • 8 March – International Women’s Day
    • 17 March – St Patrick’s Day
    • 1 April – Youth Homelessness Matters Day
    • April – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and National Pet Month
    • 19-24 May – Dementia Awareness Week
    • 28 May – World Hunger Day
    • 29 May – International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
    • 2-7 June – Volunteers Week
    • 5 June – World Environment Day
    • 9-13 June – Carers Week
    • 20 June – World Refugee Day
    • 6 July – International Day of Cooperatives
    • 30 July – Human Trafficking Awareness Day
    • 12 August – International Youth Day
    • 21 August – Senior Citizens Day

Objective 3 – Developing a Core Group

  • to establish a Committee or ‘Friends of’ group to ‘own’ the project, lend their names to it and meet infrequently
  • to establish a small core group of activists to manage events etc who meet as necessary

Key Tasks

  • to revive interest among key members of the Speakers’ Corner Committee
  • to recruit members among new contacts
  • to identify and share key tasks among activists

Objective 4 – Raising Awareness & Publicity

  • to raise the project’s profile and publicise its events

Key Tasks

  • to maintain the project’s website
  • to develop a social media network
  • to work with local press and media.

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