Category Archives: Public administration & policy

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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On the importance of ‘safe spaces’ for those of us with mental health challenges

Summary Visiting the Lifeworks occupation protest in Cambridge – care in the community ‘Care in the community’ got a bit of a bad name in the media during the 1990s after a series of high-profile murders combined with inflammatory headlines. … Continue reading

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What does the #ITooAmCambridge hashtag say about Cambridge University?

Summary The experiences of students photographed in a new tumblr account feel all too familiar to this local resident – me. The page mentioned above is here. Background Ethnicity is an issue I’m ***really uncomfortable*** blogging about – and talking … Continue reading

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Thinking about science at #ThinkCon Cambridge

Summary When Suzi Gage came to town – and Dr Rupert Read of The Green Party coming back again The MusicNet East conference left me emotionally exhausted but with a buzzing head – meaning that without medication I’d have not … Continue reading

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Musical inclusion in East Anglia – an inspiring yet frustrating experience

Summary Can an event be inspiring and frustrating at the same time? Yes. Before I kick off, one of the brightest local musical talents, Grace Sarah (who has got her GCSE exams in a few months time), has got some … Continue reading

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If the Coalition is serious about open policy, should they let this stand?

Summary Public sector bodies should not duck for cover when bloggers are mis-reported in the mainstream media – ministers and senior managers on six-figure salaries should stand up and be counted. “‘Working class children must learn to be middle class … Continue reading

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#FutureCambridge with the Cambridge Hub and RSA fellows

Summary Some thoughts on a gathering at Kings College, Cambridge on trying to solve some of Cambridge’s problems “What does Cambridge need to become a successful future city?” That was the question of this event. Now, at the end of … Continue reading

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It’s difficult to stay silent when you’ve gone beyond what you thought you were capable of

Summary An evening as part of the Dowsing Sound Collective – even more inspiring than being in the audience. (Followed by some thoughts on what course/workshop providers and institutions can learn from this). It was turning up to their performance … Continue reading

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