Wolverhampton makes things, and makes things happen. This industrial revolution powerhouse still has a thriving engineering and creative sector, is birthplace to the traffic light, Slade , Beverly Knight and Goldie. The city produces parts for the aerospace industry, without which every plane in the air worldwide would fall from the sky. Despite that, the [...]
Last November, we kicked off the Local by Social programme in Coventry
We thought it was high time we gave you a project update on Have a Go Heroes, what we’ve been up to and where (we think!) we fit into the current context of social care given all the change afoot. We’ve been really busy talking to lots of older adults at various reference groups and [...]
On the 6th of April Gordon Brown announced the official start of the election. As we are faced with the most uncertain result for a generation we have the very real opportunity to reflect and respond to the nitty gritty of the parties policies- and find out the issues that mean most to us…
So the time has come to reveal the name of the lucky winner of our competition to win a trip over to the Politics Online Conference in Washington DC at the end of April.
Right. Sorry to be awkward everyone, but here’s the thing: we had a load of entries to the big FutureGov competition and as the newbie around here I was tasked with making one person’s lucky day and announcing them the winner right here. But the winner I lovingly selected couldn’t make the date of the Politics Online conference and no other entries grabbed me in the same ingenious way.
You didn’t really believe me when I said it was only two parts did you? All good things come in threes after all and having covered the content from the event itself in parts one and two, I wanted to take the chance to share some of my learning from putting on the event itself:
Of all the sessions I’ve facilitated in my time, this one was undoubtedly the liveliest keeping me on my toes throughout with people eager to jump in and an unusual degrees of ‘honesty in front of an adult’ as one attendee put it. And for once looking back back at the conversations that were had on Twitter during the session, the face to face discussion won hands down at an event for once!
It’s amazing what can happen when you bring a bunch of interesting people together in a room around a subject they are all personally and passionately committed to. Well that’s just what I tried a couple of Mondays ago with the generous support of Rohan Gunatillake and the people at NESTA Connect – and it certainly didn’t disappoint! The premise of the session was a chance meeting I’d had with Derek Wyatt MP back in October…