The Birmingham Civic Society, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary, has launched a new magazine, called Birmingham Perspectives as part of a major move to get the organisation centre-stage in the debate about Birmingham’s future.
Civic Society chairman Dr Freddie Gick explained: “Birmingham Perspectives will address those issues of critical importance as Birmingham develops in the 21st century, including development, housing, employment, social and demographic issues, infrastructure, the arts, culture and the environment.”
“The publication will be produced quarterly and is targeted at the conscientious thinker, business, civic and council leaders, educationalists, professionals and politicians.
“Our society works tirelessly in the city on a number of projects to benefit those living, working and enjoying the city. Our work covers a variety of interests, including the Birmingham Trees for Life campaign, the blue plaques that mark historical people and events of the past and the Next Generation Awards citizenship programme.
“Birmingham Perspectives is intended to be an extension of all the work the Society does and provides us with a tool to communicate with both our corporate and personal members of the society and, importantly, the wider community of the city.
“We hope to bring something different to readers, which they won’t find elsewhere, in addition to keeping people up to date with the work we do.
“Birmingham Perspectives is produced on a matt finish, recycled paper, to make it stand out. It is a voice for those in the city who take care and pride in our surroundings – those who want to make a point and to be heard.”
Birmingham communications consultancy Clarke Associates has been signed up to produce the new magazine.
“We want Birmingham Perspectives to become a forum for debating some of the big issues facing Birmingham. A publication that is inspirational, intuitive and incisive,” said David Clarke of Clarke Associates, a vice-chairman of the society who has become the publication’s editor.
The first issue of Birmingham Perspectives includes a behind the scenes look at the mac, a debate on Birmingham’s carbon footprint and the history of the city’s famous Bullring markets.
It is available on request from the society’s office – 0121 236 8110; email firstname.lastname@example.org or from Tourist Information Centres and libraries throughout the city.