Breakfast on Day 2 was at Yealand Conyers meeting
One of the realities that a new vision for a welfare state that saw less division between rich and poor might be the advances in technology.
Margaret Fell rode to London on a horse and she wrote letters. Bikes weren't thought of her in her day let alone phones. In our group we have a variety of bikes amongst which there are a number of electric bikes. As a proud owner of an electric bike and a phone I can say that they are both what can be described as a transformative technologies
Without my electric bike it would have been hard for me to imagine taking this ride as the distances would have felt impossibly long and the hills impossibly steep, but with my electric bike I still have to travel the distance but I have that little bit of help. An electric bike has made it possible for one of our group who has a significant disability to be able to join us. Our phones have made it possible to plot safe routes off the main roads and to communicate with one another to ensure that all stay safe.
In my work with the I Matter Project I have been really excited to discover how online learning can make it possible to get important ideas to busy professionals and families who it is traditionally very difficult to reach.
Training can be accessible by phone and lap top. Coaching and consultations can take place at a distance massively reducing the needs to travel. However I have also clearly seen that as the results that are important are based on relationships online learning needs the personal contact and though phone and skype are really practical they cannot replace the value of sitting in a room together at least some of the time.
So technology holds some of the answers but it does not hold all of the answers.
If we know that technology can be used to assist healthy relationships but cannot replace the work of ensuring that the relationships are healthy then technology is a key part of the solution to Care for the Common Good - but not all of it.
" If I had understood these ideas before I could have been a lot more effective. In previous jobs I have usually been left to get on with it. Now I have a framework that helps me know what I am doing and why in my work with complex young people and their families" Jenny, Family support worker