I went to the launch of a report on Cultural democracy today. You can find about it on twitter with the hashtag #culturaldemocracy. In a nutshell, though I'm more interested in the next steps, the practical ones, than in the report itself, I'm pleased I went. There were interesting points like: - we need to talk with the people who disagree with us. - If we leave it to a small group of usual suspects to be loud, they won't heard because they are expected to be loud. We must all speak out to be heard. - If we want to change things, something of the old ways must die. - The language in reports must be more accessible. - You don't need to consider yourself an artist to believe in your capacity to create. Obviously I related more to the points made about the local facilitators and what can be learnt from them. Not so much to the points about funding and they were omnipresent. We had a workshop where we were asked what we do to enable culture capabilities. As I don't work for an organisation, I talked about what enabled me to be a Maker: we are given permission to play, we no longer believe we need the support of professional artists or venues to give some credibility/validity to what we make, there is no hierarchy in our FP - we all bring our knowledge, skills, means, enthusiasm to the table and the lot together makes a Fun Palace. What I wish I had said but I didn't think about it at the time is: we are allowed to grow at our own pace, mistakes are no sanctioned - they are part of the process. And then I got to meet Jo from 64 Million Artists. As we were talking about reports and their outcomes, I came to understand why organisations like 64 Million Artists and Fun Palaces work for me: They do the work first and the reflexion stems from the doing. When the reflexion stems from some brainstorming and precedes the doing, it makes the doing less free, less accessible, more slow. Nothing happens when we think too much. So yes, it was good to be invited, to be given a chance to share my thoughts. And to come back to the 'we all need to be loud' point, I wish there had been more Makers in the room, non professional ones. I do believe the change won't come from the pros only, that we have to do our bit too.