In the last few weeks the Chief has been running a series of road shows on the WMP2020 blueprint. I hope you have had the chance to attend these events and if you have not this video may help. (Non WMP staff please click here)
The blue print is based upon four pillars of change, as shown in the diagram below, built around a more central role for information but with the same vision and ethos that underpins our service.
I intend to use the next few blogs to talk about what the blueprint means for me, because whilst we will build an intensive programme to deliver the future WMP2020 organisation I think this will work best if we are all thinking about how we operate and staring to work differently. Change is about how people are different, not new exciting IT. This is very much an ethos shift.
I want to start with “Listen and reassure” and with a story. Detroit as a city has undergone an incredible trauma. A city once of around 2 million people has been reduced to around 700,000 in fifty years. The city infrastructure is unsustainable and large parts have declined into an urban wilderness. The city also went bankrupt. With this huge collapse in the city public service institutions have been unable to address the scale of this decline. Four years ago Detroit Soup (www.detroitsoup.com and @detroitSOUP) formed as a Community Enterprise that brings residents together. For a donation people get soup for the evening and the chance to use their donation to vote on community enterprises in the community that can create jobs, opportunity and solve problems. The grants are small but the dividends on bringing people together to contribute to enterprise and the effect of these schemes have been huge in restoring the community and civic pride in this great city. Here are the aims of Detroit Soup:
Detroit SOUP’s mission is to promote community-based development through crowd funding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun.
We value community, creativity, collaboration, change, democracy, trust and fun.
Our Vision for the Future of SOUP:
With key partnerships and community leaders, we hope Detroit SOUP will change the way people engage with the democratic process by establishing neighborhood relational hubs across the city.
What We Want to Do:
Apart from the spelling of Neighbourhood, (two nations divided by a common language and we own it!) there is not a great deal we would not share as an aspiration.
So why this story?
The blueprint will ask us to think about new ways of engaging and involving the public. For some this will mean digital services and new ways of dealing with us that is far more convenient and modern. I think we are going to offer a really exciting platform for people to report, review and participate in helping us police. However that alone will not be on its own enough to reform how we work with our public.
Detroit Soup shows a wealth how of social capital and enthusiasm to help people is sat within our communities. Happily we do not face the crisis Detroit did but our challenge is that public services are shrinking and cannot alone meet the challenges. We are shifting from a service model to creating modern partnerships with the public. These will have to be exciting and interesting as people participate because it’s social and fun. Some people offer money for soup and company. Others use the money to do great things. Everyone is giving and helping.
Our formula may not be Soup but it has to be stimulating a new partnership for good in our neighbourhoods. It will reinforce our legitimacy as those who help bring the best out of communities. We can and should be agitators and facilitators of these initiatives with our talented people and our resources. Despite the press about the end of neighbourhood policing I think the blueprint will take us to another level of community enterprise.
Dudley Dinners, Birmingham Balti, Coventry Curry, Solihull Sandwich anyone?