Category Archives: Society

Friction and serendipity boosting.

I have just spent an excellent evening with a group of Berlin-based facilitators (bound together by their work with http://citizensforeurope.org/), academics and activists who are visiting Malmö and Copenhagen to look at social innovation, civic engagement and participatory processes. A … Continue reading

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Shrinking cities workshop at the URBACT conference.

Shrinking cities seem to be happening everywhere, especially in the wake of the recession with the American industrial city of Detroit as one of the most dramatic examples of a city which decreases in size. At the URBACT conference in … Continue reading

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Is Localism the Silver Bullet?

The theme for this year’s CLES summit (full disclosure: I am a board member at CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies in Manchester) was Localism – picking up on a very current trend from localism act over local … Continue reading

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Rebuild21: Brief summary of day 2

Day 2 of Rebuild21 focused on rebuilding education and rethinking business. The day started with the personal story of Jake Nickell of Threadless as an example of how the internet and crowdsourcing has revolutionised the way we do business. On … Continue reading

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Rebuild21: Brief summary of day 1

Rebuild21 is an organisation commited to rebuilding business, politics and media for the 21st century. Sofus Midtgaard kicked off their annual conference today by outlining the four main topics of this year’s conference and talked about how they all face … Continue reading

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