"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Built Environment Forum Scotland

Location: Scotland

Website: www.befs.org.uk

The Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) is the strategic intermediary body for Scotland’s built environment sector, bringing together voluntary and professional non-governmental organisations that operate at the national level.

As an umbrella organisation, BEFS informs, mediates and advocates on strategic issues and policies affecting the built environment, historic and contemporary. Adopting a holistic approach, our aim is to put people at the heart of places that are both valued and of the highest possible quality.

Through its membership, working groups and workshops, BEFS provides a forum for debate and discussion on matters relating to the built environment. Issues are discussed and views presented to key decision makers in national and local government.

Strategic Objectives:

COLLECTIVE EXPERTISE – to be recognised as the organisation that offers collective informed independent opinion on issues affecting the historic and contemporary built environment.

COMMUNICATION – to communicate information, opinion and good practice about the historic and built environment effectively with members, their constituents and across the sector.

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT – to support member organisations to build their capacity and operate more strategically and efficiently.

ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT – to develop a viable organisation by ensuring there is a responsive structure with appropriate skills and resources to deliver the outputs required to realise the vision.

OUTREACH – to work with members to develop and promote better understanding of how the historic and built environment contributes to public benefit.

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