We are getting ready for Birmingham Poverty Truth … what will that look like? Mostly we don’t know yet …
As a small group of people facilitating the process, we started by thinking about the question:
What is poverty?
Is it just about a lack of money?
Or is it much more?
We compiled a list of many different types of poverty, and then sat round a big map and thought about our city. As much as is possible we want our Poverty Truth Commission to look like Birmingham.
Who will talk about their experiences of poverty?
We need people who have a story, who want to tell it, and who recognise that their story is bigger than themselves.
We have started meeting with some great people who are interested in being part of Birmingham Poverty Truth, and we are planning our first get-together soon.
We have sorted a room that will be our space, which we will be able to personalise as the commission progresses.
But we are still left with questions like:
- What will our group be like?
- What will our issues be?
- What experiences, skills and knowledge will they bring?
The unknown makes this even more exciting. The other commissions have consistently been impressed and enriched by what their testifiers have brought to their group.
So like we said… we are getting ready for Birmingham Poverty Truth … what will that look like? Mostly we don’t know yet – but our hopes are high.