Leeds GATE

Working to improve the quality of life for Gypsies and Travellers

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Appreciative Enquiry

On Buzzwords and Played Out Terminology

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By Helen Jones |  November 2, 2016 |

The technical term for what I might call a ‘buzzword’, whose usefulness has expired is to say that the word has become an ‘empty signifier’.  It’s original meaning has been scooped out by overuse, or misuse, and it becomes a degraded brand even though the original concept or principle that the word describes might remain as important as ever.  People are potentially steered away from the principle because the describing word or phrase has become devalued.  Sometimes the word actually does somehow capture more currency than the idea behind it deserves, or is simply a catchy re-naming of a tired method. In this blog I am exploring the power of words and how minority groups like ours can use words to create change.

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Negotiated Stopping – Award winning way of getting beyond ‘No’

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By Helen Jones |  October 7, 2015 |

Leeds GATE are delighted to win the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Change Champion award from the Lloyds Bank Foundation in relation to our 'Negotiated Stopping' work. We want to thank colleagues across Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, local businesses, residents groups and communities, and our members of course for their part in this fantastic achievement!

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