Welcome to the Future Search Blog for Bolton, UK. We are a team of students from a school in the town who attended the 3 day event on September 2005 (21st-23rd). Our role was to report and comment on the vision for Bolton as the people present, including us, shared views and opinions. You need to be heard too so this blog is yours to speak through. Our work goes on right up to this moment...

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Day two of Naeem's Notions

Wow! It has been a long and tiring day. Our day began at 9am and ended at 5.30pm with everybody feeling very tired, but as all the adults went home we drove straight to school and changed into our uniform(which were in the boot of the car) and helped out at the Sharples School Open Evening. Although we were all absolutely shattered, we all had a brilliant day. I thought it would be impossible to have a better day than yesterday but we managed it! Some of today's highlights included imagining how we wish that life would be like for children in 2020 and then presenting it in whatever format we wanted...there were some outstanding performances from all teams, we even had some rapping from Nonsi who was representing BEMAS (Bolton Ethnic Minority Achievement Service).
My particular group took inspiration from popular show Jim'll fix it! which we renamed Bolton'll fix it. It's very difficult to put my feelings about the day in words but I'll try my best...it was a day full of enthusuiasm from all, full of amazement at how much everybody was into the conference and a huge feeling of PRIDE, because we were all doing great things.

Tomorrow is the most crucial point of Future Search, because tomorrow we will all leave. I'm sure everyone will agree that the conference is a great success so far...but the overall success of the conference will be in our hands when we leave tommorow at 1pm. We've done a lot of talking, but the question is will we actually put our words into action? I have great faith in Bolton 2020, I had some reservations before the conference but now talking to everybody and getting a geneneral feel from everybody I think great things will happen.

Quotes from today:

"Think outside the box"

"I feel optimistic"

"Please welcome on Margaret...Oh sorry! You're Mary!"

"All work and no play makes us boring"

"I am amazed!"
(Sandra Janoff)

I'd like to thank everybody who has posted some comments, we've even had comments from Ireland and America...and hey! just because the conference will end tomorrow does not mean that this blog has to! Let's keep it alive and it could be a valuable point of communication for all stakeholders!

Finally, I'll finish like I did yesterday. It wouldn't work without me, it wouldn't work without you, but it has the potential to be great if we work together.

Keep Blogging for Bolton!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bolton Bloggers,
My name is Cynthia de Windt and I have just moved from Copenhagen to New York, but I have two children who study and work in England. I want to cheer for you all for the courage and energy that you are putting into this future search. I want to pass on your news to my friend in UNICEF as an example of how to involve children as stakeholders into the future that they can help to create. Keep up the good works!! Lots-a-smiles....

9:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a police officer and Boltonian I feel immense pride that we have the confidence and openness to share all our aspirations for the future at this event, the involvement of young people has been inspirational, in fact this type of event could be a template for future working in Bolton. Change is delivered by people,it takes energy, commitment, enthusiasm and resilience... and in Bolton we have clearly got what it takes! Well done and thankyou to the organisers and all involved. Oh, and yes it was a long and tiring day --- but nobody said it would be easy!!!!

10:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have enjoyed coming to the reebok because we got to share our ideas on what we thought bolton would be like in the future but i mostly liked getting time off school.

11:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI my name is bethanie marsh age 10
am in year6 am doing about safty.
I enjoyed in the big. REEBOK

11:45 AM

Blogger Shirin Patel said...

The past three days have been absolutely amazing. Young people, children and adults coming together and expressing their views and ideas. The creativity and friendliness brought it all together.The past two days have all led upto today (Friday). Bringing together views, ideas, aspirations for 2020 and its amazing how so many adults want to make every child matter. Today ideas, dreams and views are merging together so an acton plan can be formed for 2020. The days have been fun, enjoyable and very helpful. Im only 15 and i don't think alot of people get a chance to be at something this important so i am very proud to have been involved in it. These three days have only been the beginning of the start of the future for the young kids and i think everybody should go back today and think about what has happend in these 3 days and what as individuals they can do to help. I think this conference has been an absolute success and i loved it..(and Naeem!) Thankyou Sandra,Anne,Ingrid and Kelly for facilitating.. It's been wicked and we would appreciate if people would keep BLOGGING FOR BOLTON!

11:51 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant days - lots of enthusaism for the future of Boton and its young people. Keep it up!!

11:16 PM


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