Blogs from Dr Danny Sriskandarajah
Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society
7th March 2010 by DannyRCS 2 Comments
After eight months of consultation, today, on Commonwealth Day, we draw the Commonwealth Conversation to a close with the publication of our final report, ‘An Uncommon Association, A Wealth of Potential’, which sets out ten key recommendations. Click here to see a summary of these or, for those of you with a longer attention span, the full report.
We hope that you will find these to be a fair representation of all that you have told us over the last few months. We are enormously grateful for all of your contributions – this has been such a fun project because your posts have been so interesting, not to mention provocative! Continue reading…
28th November 2009 by DannyRCS No Comments
After a fantastic opening ceremony (I hope you saw my tweets), things seem quieter at CHOGM. The leaders have gone into their ‘retreat’ (which looks just like any other big table with lots of be-suited men around it) and bilateral meetings. Continue reading…
26th November 2009 by DannyRCS No Comments
It’s been a long day with lots of things happening. We concluded our T&T essay competition, did loads of media and recorded the BBC World Debate on the future of the Commonwealth (that will go out to an audience of over 100 million at the weekend!).
25th November 2009 by DannyRCS 1 Comment
A curious thing happened at the press conference to launch our report. The Director of Communications at the Commonwealth Secretariat asked if the Commonwealth’s low profile was all his fault. It got me thinking: who really is to blame for the malaise that our research describes? The good news for the questioner is that it’s not just his fault – a comms director can only be as vocal and prolific as their institution permits.
23rd November 2009 by DannyRCS 3 Comments
It’s the end of the first day of my first CHOGM. As Derek Ingram, who is here at his 21st CHOGM told me this evening, “they are not always this chaotic”. Most of our day was spent going from booth to booth trying to collect accreditation, usually met by polite Trinidadians who unfortunately were not always in a position to help.
18th November 2009 by DannyRCS 1 Comment
Thank you to all those who have commented on the question of profile I raised in my last blog entry. Since that post all of us in the Conversation team have been trying to digest your comments into a report of emerging findings. After an intense few days, the report is off to the printers and will be published next week, just as Commonwealth leaders and officials turn up for CHOGM in Trinidad.
Anyone who has been a frequent visitor to these pages should have a good idea of the sorts of the things we will be saying. Our report is unashamedly provocative, not because we want to undermine the Commonwealth, but because we believe the Conversation so far should be a wake up call. In the spirit of public consultation, we also believe in reporting what we have been told, even if the truth hurts.
25th October 2009 by DannyRCS 7 Comments
As the Conversation has gone on, a question I am frequently asked is: why should public profile matter for an association like the Commonwealth? In fact, I’ve got myself into hot water from time to time for going on the record saying I think the Commonwealth has to do more to raise its public profile.
I would be fascinated to hear views on this question. The profile debate seems to go to the heart of what we are trying to achieve in the Conversation.
23rd October 2009 by DannyRCS 2 Comments
Over the next six weeks, in the run up to CHOGM, over fifty Commonwealth Conversation events are taking place around the world. From Abuja to Arusha, Nairobi to New Delhi, London to Lusaka, hundreds of people are adding their voices to the debate.
I’ve already had the pleasure of attending a few of these and I am about to head off on whirlwind tour to attend another half dozen of them (in four countries over seven days!) to explain what we are trying to achieve.
To try and build a picture of the work we are doing, we have included a new events section on the website. The green button at the top of the page will take you to a calendar which will include information of all past and future Commonwealth Conversations taking place around the world.
Photos and videos of the events are starting to come in and we will be putting those up on the website as well.
If you want to attend an event please get in touch, or if you have already been to one, and what to tell us what you thought of it, please leave a comment under the specific event post. Or, better still, if you want to organise your own event, there’s still time. This project is all about collecting your opinions, so make sure your voice is heard.