Open Call: South West Futures

On July 7th, 2015, exactly two months after the General Election, we propose to run a South West Futures initiative, inspired by the ODPM’s recent Northern Futures initiative, bringing together experts and non experts on a single day in multiple locations across the region. Our aim is to establish a...

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Northern Futures: policy to the people?

Last month I took part in Northern Futures: a new project initiated by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, bringing people together for a new kind of debate about economic growth in the North. The Cabinet Office’s Policy Lab is supporting the project, encouraging people to submit ideas online, and on the ground through...

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one size

In the run up to Open Space South West we have been thinking a lot about spaces and services, and how they relate. We have also been thinking about digital service design a lot recently. How best can you translate an offline service online? Digital service design is not just...

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innopints 4

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.” Henry Ford For those of who you who are uninitiated into the dark world of innopints – it’s a loose gathering of vagrants, who have shared interests at the interface of innovation and pints, founded by George Julian. A few people...

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Lifecyles and Ideas

A couple of weeks ago I was staying with friends and we drove past a really striking dead tree. The tree’s form was twisted and knarled, a deep grey, silhouetted against the bright blue sky. It struck me how beautiful the dead tree was, and made me think more broadly,...

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