The Story of the Barry IdeasBank – community open source innovation

I am very proud of having created what is believed to be the UK’s first community IdeasBank – an incredible tool with the potential to transform community regeneration and how the public sector can improve the delivery of its services. It demonstrates the potential for open source innovation or crowdsourcing for a local community. The […]

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Do we need to rebrand the working class as ‘The UnChavs’?

I’m posing the question: ‘Do we need to rebrand the working class, with the concept of ‘The UnChavs’?’ Prompted by a holiday read of Owen Jones book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class the author has produced a good book, yet I feel misses some key points around communication, branding and memes – hence […]

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Our ‘broken society’ needs a ‘Peter Beardsley’ and a ‘Waddle’

Talk of the UK being a ‘broken society’ makes me angry. A failure to put things in perspective may cost us dearly, economically, socially, emotionally – and creatively. Prior to the recent ‘highly localised riots in three main English conurbations’ I wrote a blog about how, on an individual level, if you want to achieve […]

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8 flexible and creative thinking tips for responding to ‘the riots’

The riots across the UK have shown the worst – and the best of people. The film of a young man being callously mugged on the street while being injured can make you despair of humanity. Yet, the widespread responses of people positively demonstrating their reaction to mindless destruction can equally warm your heart – […]

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Creative talent get business planning help

Helping Yorkshire’s creative talent develop into more successful businesses is Andy Green who is running a special training workshop called ‘Business Plans for Creative People who don’t do Business Plans’. The special event takes place at Red Brick Mill, Batley on the evening of Monday July 18th. It is organised by Loca, Kirklees Council’s arts […]

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Hepworth a step forward: banning ‘neon-light Banksy’ a step back

I was delighted to witness the opening of the new Hepworth gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire – a place where I continue to spend part of my life, where I have two businesses. Having previously invested much time and sweat in regeneration  and developing the cultural life of the city, it is great to see […]

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Royal Society backs IdeasBank to boost creativity to help Barry Island

A new initiative I want to get underway – an IdeasBank for helping to develop my hometown of Barry Island has received a welcome boost – with a grant from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) The RSA’s Catalyst fund provides small grants to Fellows who have developed an […]

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