I have spent many years in education and attended numerous training courses
designed to make me a better teacher, a better manager and to be better
informed about the latest thinking on one initiative or another, but I have
never been on as comprehensive a course as Pathfinders. This is a series of
three weekend courses to develop one member of selected Civic Societies such
that they can return to their towns and cities and help the organisation
become a Pathfinder Society.
What is a Pathfinder Society? One that uses the resources of its membership
to the full. (You will recall the audit of your skills in the questionnaire
with the last Newsletter.) It is a Society that takes on tasks that it
believes it can complete - and completes them. Such tasks could be practical
projects, political lobbying for changes to the town or services to members.
I gather from fellow delegates that members of The Ipswich Society are, by
comparison, well provided for with newsletters, social events, winter
lectures and summer outings. This does not mean we cannot do more and
Pathfinders has given me a host of ideas to discuss with the Society's
The first weekend in September was on leadership. The latest in November was
on Civic Design. (We suggested improvements to Coventry Civic Centre, not a
difficult task!) The final weekend will be in February . That's not the end
of proceedings however as I have to take the results of our chosen projects
back to Civic Trust headquarters later in the year.
JOHN NORMAN, Vice-Chairman