24 April 2018
Clive Durdle MSc BA (Econ) FCIH Dip Soc. Studies
4 Toronto Road
Ilford Essex IG14RB
0794 198 8846 0208 554 5889
I wish to develop the Renaissance concept of Opera, where people work together closely to resolve the issues they face, from a participatory, equal, just, co-operative, sustainable, mutual and whole system perspective.
I think that there is only one way to science – or to philosophy, for that matter: to meet a problem, to see its beauty and fall in love with it; to get married to it and to live with it happily, till death do ye part – unless you should meet another and even more fascinating problem or unless, indeed, you should obtain a solution.
But even if you do obtain a solution, you may then discover, to your delight, the existence of a whole family of enchanting, though perhaps difficult, problem children, for whose welfare you may work, with a purpose, to the end of your days.
Karl R. Popper
- To offer excellent person centred whole system synergistic solutions
- To resolve clients’ issues intelligently and effectively
- To work co-operatively with all of a community’s stakeholders
University of Manchester BA (Econ) Hons Social Administration Diploma Social Studies
London South Bank University MSc Urban Policy
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing
Forty five years experience of health, social, and housing services
The qualitative understanding of a client’s needs forms the motif for the solutions offered. I am able to offer tried and trusted techniques, combined with fresh and imaginative thinking in the following mutual areas:
- Person centred planning
- Sustainable neighbourhood management and community development
- Ethical and quality business practice, audit and change management
- Inclusive design and equalities
- Systems thinking
I wish to find solutions together to the issues we face, by thinking through carefully where we are and asking what are the possibilities. I bring together ecological orientation, whole systems, community development and inclusive design to find with you sustainable solutions that work.
Charles Leadbetter spoke at the Enabled by Design Unconference at the Design Museum on Thursday 17 June 2010 and said:
For, With, By and To
In the spring of 2010 I began work on a project called For, With, By and To, which argues there are only four main ways in which we organise most social activities or address social changes.
- For solutions are delivered to us.
- With solutions we devise cooperatively with other.
- By solutions depend on self motivation and DIY.
- To solutions depend on instruction, command and coercion, to get things done.
Crudely speaking the 20th century was shaped by the rise of more complex, powerful and sophisticated For and To solutions in virtually every walk of life, at the expense of With and By solutions, cooperation and self help.
This dependence on For and To solutions has come at great costs, not least the ability of those delivering to abuse their power. We need to redress this imbalance and develop more effective With and By solutions in virtually every area of life, from learning and health, to ageing and dying, to politics and the environment.”
My aim is to work out with you your aims and objectives, to build together something of sustainable value and to avoid to and for solutions in favour of with and by solutions.
Pope Gregory said mountains are climbed a step at a time, we are about mapping your mountains and working out ways to get to the top!
First it is important to audit where you are now, where are your energies and resources being used and is that really what you want. For and to ways of doing have real hidden costs – they like what are called management factories and bureaucracies. Structures are critical – we need our skeletons, but we need to check if we are clanking around unnecessarily in a huge suit of armour!
My experience includes persuading a Social Security Appeal Tribunal that a married couple was not a married couple for benefit purposes.
I have worked with
Mencap, NACRO FE Colleges and Universities. Blackfriars Settlement, Community Links, London Boroughs, GLA, Housing Corporation, City of Glasgow, City of Berlin, County and District Councils, Health Authorities and trusts, Islington Family Service Unit, Child Poverty Action Group, Friends of the Earth, National Energy Foundation, Sustrans, Redbridge CAB, Redbridge CVS, Springboard Housing Association, Network Housing Group, Solon Co-operative Housing Services, Claybury Hospital Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, Orbit Housing Association, Patchwork Community Housing Association, Sahil Housing Association, SITRA, Marlow Associates, Housing and Support Partnership, Tribal Group , Assn of London Somali Organisations ARHAG, GOL, DWP, ODI, ONS, Artkidz.
2001 – Present Consultant
2006 – 2010 Director Redbridge Disability Association
1997 – 2001 Springboard Housing Association Area Manager
1994 – 1997 Springboard Housing Association Senior Policy and Information Officer
1982 – 1994 Springboard Housing Association Project Manager / Senior Project Manager
1980 – 1982 LB Newham District Housing Officer
1975 – 1980 LB Waltham Forest Social Worker
1994 South Bank University MSc Urban Policy Dissertation: Quality Systems in Housing Associations
1990 University of London Certificate in Ecology and Conservation
1983 Hackney College Professional Qualification of the Institute of Housing. Dissertation Ecosystems, Shelters and Societies
1977 – 1979 Polytechnic of North London Certificate of Qualification in Social Work course.
1972 – 1975 Victoria University of Manchester BA (Econ) Social Administration Diploma Social Studies
1971 A Levels Mathematics A Geography B Physics E
Former Chair Solon Cooperative Housing Services
Former Board Member Enfield Christian Action Housing Association
Former Chair Redbridge Sustainability Forum
Member Greater London Authority Inclusion and Disability Access Panel
Member Access Association
Director Ilford Shopmobility
Member Beyond the Bicycle Coalition
Member Green Party
I have recently had a stroke, am registered hard of hearing and on the autistic continuum. My main mobility aid is a Christiania cargo trike, and I am building up specialisms in life between buildings, street scene, disability and cycling. I am currently exploring “commoning”.
I have provided written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Equality Act and Disability and my comments were used in the report in an introduction to a legal discussion.