Summer 2010 Engage
Let’s face the music
As the sounds of the World Cup vuvuzelas drift into memory, it’s still clear that few things in life bring as much pleasure as music. In this summer issue we explore ways that lives can be enhanced by this powerful tool.
Left-wing Icon Billy Bragg talks to us about his long history of mixing pop and politics and explains that expressing yourself through music can be a lifeline for some of those who have been forgotten by mainstream society.
We then take a closer look at how music, in all of its different forms, can help some of the most vulnerable people in our society find their voice.
Music has always gone hand in hand with issues and campaigning, we explore the opportunities the summer festival season presents to raise awareness of your campaigns.
There are extremely tough times ahead for the voluntary sector but, in the words of the Irving Berlin classic:
“There maybe trouble ahead, but while there’s moonlight and music and love and romance, let’s face the music and dance.”
05 COMMENT Making your case is crucial, says NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington
06 THE FRONT LINE News, learning and advice from NCVO
11 FORWARD THINKING Ex-minister Jonathan Aitken offers some optimism about the coalition government
13 OPINION Ex-minister Jonathan Aitken offers some optimism about the coalition government
14 INTERVIEW Talking prisons, politics and some personal history with musician Billy Bragg
18 AWARENESS IDEAS Making the most of the music festival season
22 SECTOR STORIES How music projects give voice to the most vulnerable
26 CAMPAIGN TACTICS Six ways to boost your campaign charisma
28 VOLUNTEERS The economic case for harnessing the power of volunteers
32 SECTOR INSIGHT Set extraordinary events in motion at a social media surgery
34 FEEDBACK Current views and responses from Engage readers
35 ASK THE EXPERTS Using net tools can help boost your recruitment catch
36 LEGAL BRIEF Revealing the recent regulation changes related to agency hires
37 COMMISSION VIEW Andrew Hind takes his lead from a silver surfer
39 WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT How to end the tyranny of information overload
40 EVENTS Key events, conferences, meetings and training
41 RESOURCES The latest books, publications, websites and more
42 SPOTLIGHT The Foundation for Credit Counselling (Consumer Credit Counselling Service)
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Maurice Mcleod, editor of Engage magazine, discusses news and views from the whole of civil society.