In this blog, I will be thinking out loud, sharing initial ideas of an idea that has been developed for a new group called ‘The Coalition of Chaos’ and how this will operate. These ideas are very much a ‘starter for 10’, on which I welcome feedback and critique. I have no idea this will lead (and indeed, there is the possibility it may not go anywhere!) but I do feel from the initial response to some ‘soft’ consultation that we’re onto something.
Origins of the Coalition
As someone who has been in and around the Third Sector for a while now, I think it is a reasonable assessment (some would say understatement!) to suggest that we are living through challenging times. I am of the view that challenging times require innovative and creative solutions where we can all benefit from working together and sharing knowledge, drawing best practice from a range of areas. This was where the Coalition of Chaos originated.
I am a great believer in ‘safe space’ where people can get together and say what they think without fear of recriminations. As I was having a catch up with the brilliant Paul Richards of Stay up Late, these thoughts led to the suggestion that a new group be formed – cheekily called ‘The Coalition of Chaos.’ The intent would be to draw together a range of progressive thinkers from across the third sector, who could come together and freely exchange ideas to address our common problems.
Through sharing these solutions, we would be both collectively and individually placed to make a difference in the third sector and have a greater toolbox at our disposal to overcome the issues we face. In formulating these thoughts, I am aware that there are already a plethora of groups and forums that already exist. What is distinctive about this group, I would argue is the freedom and safety it allows – this would be a group that wouldn’t be afraid to be radical in its approach and be a bit left field.
Practicalities and next steps
Thinking the practicalities through, the group would offer a mix of face to face and virtual options, with the finer logistics to be determined by consensus in due course. Though the emphasis in this group is on dialogue, I would envisage that some outputs in the form of presentations or papers could be used to help give a basis for further reflection and development.
In terms of next steps, if you would like to talk some more about this idea and maybe even get involved, please get in touch and we can have a chat via email, phone or Skype. The only ‘qualification’ you need is an interest in the third sector and the desire to work together to improve practice. From here, we will collate a distribution list and develop things from there, hopefully working towards a first meeting to kick things off.