Empowering Communities: Live Blogging this morning…

Digital Lunch will be live in this window from about 1pm…

Here’s a warmer/explainer for the seminar I’m at this morning in the beautifully renovated Crumlin Road Gaol (it really is stunning folks) from Gordon Hector of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation who along with the Building Change Trust have funded and organised a sensemaking exercise on the issue of the transfer of assets from the state to community and voluntary groups.

From about 10am, I’ll be live tweeting from the session which will look at three issues:

– Do we need some form of legislation at Stormont to formalise the process (Gordon talks about this in some depth above), as they already have in England, and particular in Scotland?

– What kind of technical and financial resources do community and voluntary organisations need to take on the management of a major physical resource, particularly at time when government’s capacity to continue the relatively high levels of funding in recent times.

– And, what sort of things can be done in the meanwhile spaces.

You can pick up the tweets from here once we go live. Your comments will be included if you use the hashtag #catni. And from 1pm we are digitallunching

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty