Category Archives: Business economics and finance

Puffles breathes fire into the Haverhill-Cambridge rail campaign

Summary Crossing the county boundary to sprinkle some dragon-fairy dust to help transport campaigners in Suffolk reconnect with Cambridge – and raising the political temperature too Actually, it was just as much learning as commenting in Haverhill earlier. It was … Continue reading

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Teaching a young dragon fairy new social media tricks

Summary Local social media marketing expert (no, really) Mili Ponce shows this social media enthusiast a thing or two, at an evening with JCI Cambridge I’ve seldom had good experiences with people that have branded themselves social media marketing people. … Continue reading

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Puffles looks at trains again

Summary Musings on maps – of the railway kind. And following the wanderings of my mind. This blogpost started off from reading an article about Blackpool – see it here. There’s one thing that troubles me not just about Blackpool … Continue reading

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Does charity end after Christmas?

Summary Some thoughts after a Bah! Humbug! Christmas I’m not going to go over too much old Christmas ground – I’ve blogged previously about my past before – see here. Instead, I want to look at some themes that I’ve … Continue reading

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What would a ‘digital skills in the community’ program look like?

Summary Persuading communities and institutions to think much more creatively about all things digital It’s got to the stage where I feel I need to significantly broaden my skills sets – in particular some of the broader basics. It’s one … Continue reading

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Cambridge Area Partnership joins up the dots

Summary Taking the first steps to overcoming some massive cultural, historical, public policy and institutional barriers to make a difference for young people I was on a panel for an event that brought together schools, employers and local council officers … Continue reading

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The autumn statement

Summary More political tactics than radical strategy and long-term vision as Osborne and Balls crossed swords I never find these parliamentary statements particularly pleasant viewing. Too much testosterone-fuelled willy-waving and point-scoring for my liking. Statistical spin on the National Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Linking today’s mess with economics, law, politics and finance

Summary Breaking out of the subject silos to work out how we got to here This is a blogpost – or one of a series, that Frances Coppola challenged me to write. It followed some exchanges we’d had over the … Continue reading

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Little co-ordination, little strategic planning, no long term vision

Summary If we accept that the title represents reality in Cambridgeshire, how do we turn this around? A big ‘If’ perhaps, but this was something mentioned by David Cleevely CBE earlier in 2013 when he slammed Cambridgeshire politicians and political/administrative … Continue reading

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Is the Prince of Wales onto something with his new initiative?

Summary Amid the wave of publicity, could the impact of a number of initiatives (this being the latest) to re-engage young people in politics and civic society have far more radical impacts than establishment figures realise? (If so, good). The … Continue reading

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