Launch of the book ‘The Big Society in a Small Country – Wales, Social Capital, Mutualism and Self-help’ by Dan Boucher
18th April 2013
The launch of the book The Big Society in a Small Country social capital, mutualism and self-help by Dan Boucher
On the 18th April 2013 Gorwel held a joint event with the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) to launch the new book by Dan Boucher. This was entitled The Big Society in a Small Country social capital, mutualism and self-help, published by the IWA. The event was held in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay in front of an audience of around 90 people. The event was lead by cultural historian Professor Peter Stead, who engaged both with Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach and Dan Boucher in a panel conversation about the Big Society.
In discussion the Lord Griffith confirmed his commitment to concepts of the big society and gave specific examples of how this can be at its most effective. Dan Boucher then went on to argue that, far from being an alien, English import that Wales can well do without, the big society concept is, in a real sense, more Welsh than English. He contended that Wales could certainly add value to the development of big society ideas in practice and at the same time renews its own economic life, identity and traditions.
This event was also John Osmond’s last public event as Director of the IWA, which also made this a memorable occasion. Many tributes where paid to John during the final stage of talk, congratulating him on the work he has done in building the IWA up into a premier think thank.
Professor Russell Deacon represented Gorwel at the event. In his remarks Professor Deacon gave some of his own examples of how local democracy at a community and town council level could also be brought more directly into the ideals of the big society.
Copies of the book can be purchased directly from the IWA.
Professor Peter Stead is a writer and broadcaster who taught History at Swansea University
Lord Griffiths, former Head of the Cabinet Office Policy Unit in Downing Street, had also written a Foreword to the book.
Dan Boucher was the Welsh Conservative Assembly Candidate in Swansea East in the 2011 election. Today he works in public affairs at Westminster, also managing a team covering Stormont, Holyrood, Brussels and Strasbourg.