Category Archives: Social media

Trying to prioritise in the constraints of not great mental health

Summary Wanting to do everything, but not being able to. The past few weeks have been incredibly intense from a personal perspective. Yet had I had sound mental & physical health, all of this wouldn’t have been out of the ordinary. … Continue reading

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Natalie Bennett struggles in the media again – a problem of style or substance – or both?

Summary Thoughts on Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett’s recent interviews, and a recent piece by Liberal Democrats’ president Baroness Sal Brinton on a visit to Cambridge recently. The detail via The Spectator’s Isabel Hardman (who in the grand scheme of … Continue reading

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The Greens may be surging, but the next bit could be tricky for them

Summary The challenges of rapid expansion in a short space of time At the end of my civil service career I went through the opposite – the largescale downsizing of an organisation numbered in the thousands. The Green Party judging … Continue reading

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What impact can you have in the May 2015 elections?

Summary Some thoughts on how you can take part in this year’s elections – even if you are not a supporter/member of a political party, do not have the vote or don’t rate the candidates standing in your area The basics … Continue reading

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Community conversations in the run up to the 2015 general election?

Summary How can local political parties make themselves available for face-to-face conversations with voters, potential supporters and fellow activists beyond door-to-door canvassing and organised hustings? This post stems from a number of conversations I’ve had with activists of various political … Continue reading

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Community reporting in 2015 – could you give it a go?

Summary …including new apps, new tools, and encouraging more people to try it out themselves 2014 was an eventful year for me as far as learning new things and doing things for the first time was concerned. Standing for election … Continue reading

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A united arts and culture offer for the people of Cambridge

Summary In the face of austerity, the Cambridge Arts Network is bringing together the diverse & somewhat fragmented arts and culture scenes in Cambridge to try and unite us all in the face of a very uncertain future The Cambridge Arts … Continue reading

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Filming a theatrical performance – a big step up

Summary Some thoughts on filming a theatrical stage performance First of all a big ***Thank you*** to Alex and Laura, the co-producers of CUADC’s production of The Emperor’s New Clothes at the ADC Theatre in Cambridge. The above is a … Continue reading

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Cambridge Hub turning ideas into actions

Summary Taking a ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ problem to Cambridge student activists…and watching them run with it Some of you may be aware of the Volunteer Cambridge event that the Cambridge Hub is organising for Cambridge City Council on 28 … Continue reading

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“The minister will see you now, Puffles”

Summary Equalities minister Jo Swinson MP comes to Cambridge – waking up the city’s resident dragon fairy in the process. This plus some thoughts on how to make community reporting help pay my bills! Told you! She also had this … Continue reading

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