Barry Kucha – celebrating Barry’s community heroes

I am extra-ordinary proud of pioneering work I am doing to get what is believed to be Britain’s first independent community ‘ideas bank’.

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A key part of its working is the ‘Barry Kucha’ events. Here are details of the forthcoming event on April 15th in Barry.

Seven inspirational local heroes from Atlantic rower John Haskell to Barry’s own arts dynamo Dot Connell, to a local optician who revolutionised eye treatment in the NHS are coming together to share their stories to inspire and entertain others in the second Barry Kucha evening taking place on Monday April 15th at 6.30pm in the Glamorgan Suite in the Memorial Hall, Barry.

The free event is held quarterly and features seven speakers – each speaking for just seven minutes – to inspire others to think of ideas to help make Barry yet better.

The event supports the work of the Barry IdeasBank – believed to be the first in the UK – which offers a commercially and politically independent web site at where anyone can submit ideas, add to, or vote on other people’s suggestions.

The speakers include:
• Ted Arbuthnot – how Barry helped revolutionize NHS eye care
• Stas Asprou – celebrating his father, John Aspou’s 50 year hairdressing legacy to Barry
• Dot Connell – bringing the arts to Barry.
• Hannah Fitt – thinking globally, acting locally
• John Haskell – rowing the Atlantic and many more adventures.
• Chris Jennings – my granddad – a FA Cup Final hero in 1923
• Simon Martin – Barry’s international beer expert

Further details at the Facebook site Barry Kucha

The last Barry Kucha event attracted over 70 people.

The event is being organised by local creativity expert Andy Green, on behalf of the Flexible Thinking Forum – a not-for-profit social enterprise. The pioneering and innovative nature of the project has been recognised by support for the project from social enterprise charity UnLtd.and the Royal Society for Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing.

Organisers are hoping it will become a world-class example of what is called ‘crowdsourcing’ and ‘open source innovation’. The event is also supporting World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 to promote new ways of thinking and doing.

“All of us have ideas have how we can make where we live yet better.” said Andy Green of the Flexible Thinking Forum. “Our seven speakers all have great personal stories to share to provide both an entertaining and inspiring evening.”

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