NETWORK-WEAVER INTERVIEW: DAVID BROWN

David Brown interviewed by Deborah Fishman

Deborah Fishman is a network weaver interested in new opportunities to create change in the Jewish world. She was most recently Editor & Publisher of PresenTense Magazine. She tweets as @deborahfishman.

David Brown is Social Action Coordinator atJHub in London, working on the Jewish Social Action Forum’s Big Green Jewish and Fairtrade campaigns. He is also the European coordinator of SIACH: A Global Environment and Social Justice network, and was on the core volunteer team recently for Limmud Conference in the UK.

What is a network?
I think of connections between people, projects, and organizations. It can be a group of people who happen to find themselves in the same space, organizationally or physically. Either a given area of content can attract people (I think about SIACH), or it can be getting people together and letting them define the content (like the ROI Community).

I come to the world of networks with a lot of stereotypes in mind. I always thought of it as very utilitarian and transactional – it’s schmooze, booze, and people talking while looking over their shoulders to see if they see someone more interesting to talk to. Continue reading

The Jewish Social Action Forum – setting the agenda?

Three years ago, the Jewish Social Action Forum [JSAF] organised as a forum for professionals and organisations in the UK with a general interest or specific agenda within social justice. Increased professional leadership, moving from mainly linking Jews with wider campaigns to cultivating a distinct Jewish social action campaign agenda, and establishing JSAF within the mainstream communal landscape—have allowed for increased impact and a greater sense of direction. These developments have also posed their own challenges. Does maintaining sufficient consensus limit JSAF’s role in more assertive campaigning? With increased professionalization, how does JSAF mobilize lay and wider support? Here are some lessons learned for communal organizing for social change: Continue reading

A meeting, some learning and of course lunch.

Yesterday I heard a new term to describe the atmosphere at JHub, Hubbling. The term now means when JHub is bubbling over with people, chatting and excitement. It is really what JHub is all about.

The ‘hubbly’ atmosphere was caused by the the JSAF (Jewish Social Action Forum) meeting followed by the JHub Lunch and Learn, both of which mean I get to spend most of my day listening to inspiring people and ideas whilst stuffing my face full of bagels and crisps. Continue reading