Category Archives: Charities and Big Society

Uniting East Cambridge – with a lake or three

Summary How a former quarry and current ‘problem area’ could be turned into something for the community in a part of town not brilliantly served with things for people to do  The website for the Cambridge Lakes Project is here. … Continue reading

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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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Peace makes Parker’s Piece

Summary Facing the crowds in their hundreds at an open air performance. Glasto next? Have a listen to ‘Reality Checkpoint’ here - it’s our song about the history of Parker’s Piece. It was commissioned for Cycle of Songs, led by Helen … Continue reading

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Community Action in Action – Cambridge

Summary When local people speak about their own ideas that they have worked on for a long time, the passion comes out in huge quantities. Community reporters can bring these ideas to a wider audience Some of you may have heard … Continue reading

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Repairing our democracy with a little digital help

Summary Some thoughts from a gathering of the revived Democracy Club of 2010 -> with 2015 in mind They are tweeting at @Democlub, are on Facebook here and have a website here. I’ve blogged a lot about democracy (see here for … Continue reading

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Trying to focus on digital projects while trying not to get angry about politics

Summary …and trying to stave off the symptoms of mental exhaustion at the same time. On preparing for summer concerts, ‘Change Cambridge’ and me & Ceri preparing to deliver our first term of ‘social media for social action’ evening classes this … Continue reading

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Puffles’ first hustings

Summary Facing detailed scrutiny from the experts that are the Cambridge Cycling Campaign members …even though I often call them the Cambridge Cycle Campaign. (They campaign for cycling, not bikes – as I’ve often been told!) So *****Big Thank You***** … Continue reading

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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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A manifesto for Cambridge – my first draft.

Summary My ideas on (electronic) paper Well, this is quite a big deal for me – not least because it’s over 6,000 words of ideas. As a result, I have created a separate section on this blog’s title bar to … Continue reading

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Parkside Coleridge students unlock democracy in Cambridge

Summary Year 9 students achieved by lunchtime what I had failed to achieve in over 2 years of campaigning, as young people show how they can change the cultures of our public institutions My jaw figuratively hit the floor when … Continue reading

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