Bristol City Elders
Based upon the Global Elders project set up by Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, we have set up a group of City Elders, here in Bristol. Although this project is the first of its kind in the world under the banner of the Global Elders, in reality, it builds upon the tradtion of eldership which is seen in many communities the world over.
However, western societies seem to be turning their back on the idea of eldership - when people retire they are given a bus pass and largely expected to sit back and relax. However, they have a lifetime of wisdom and experience to share and a lifetime of mistakes to learn from.
The Bristol City Elders project has developed a set of values, which is about the long term leadership of the city. But they need your help to invite more people to become recognised as elders as well as to engage with 'youngers' who can benefit from that experience, and vice versa.
http://www.thepaleblue.org/bristol-city-elders/bristol-city-elders-values/ for more information.
We would like to roll out the idea of 'eldership' to all areas of Bristol, to identify those people in your area who can offer community leadership that will help to transofrm the relationship between generations.
A series of 'meet the elders' workshops would be held to discuss the idea of eldership, as well as find the people in communities all over Bristol who would inspire a new generation of community leaders. This process would discover, document and build from the existing resources in a community, offering training and support to cross generational groups who would pick projects that they would like to work on together.
The projects would be funded through links to local businesses who would sponsor individual projects in their local area, ensuring an enduring link between commerce and civil society.
Why the contribution is important
Bristol is an increasingly divided city - the wealth and health gap is widening. It is also noticeable that the gap between generations is growing, with young people's respect for their elders at an all time low. Older people are increasingly fearful, of crime and antisocial behaviour as well as technology and the increasing pace of change in society.
We believe that the Bristol City Elders can help bridge the gap, reasserting the role of older people as that of community leaders, learning from youngers as well as guiding them to success. By working together, generations can recognise the value of the other.
by user706489 on December 05, 2013 at 10:01AM