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A powerfully northern conversation

I love visiting cities. I go often with empty arms and usually come back full. Full with new ideas, with fresh thinking, with inspiration and hopefulness. I have been gathering for the last few months with some really great people that are exploring place, communities and storytelling. Last week we gathered to discuss “community led”… Continue reading A powerfully northern conversation

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Sharing honestly about self interest

I want to share really honestly with you this afternoon. My deepest concern for British society, above all other things, above domestic abuse, above crime, above loneliness and even above poverty is this… selfishness. That’s a bold statement I know, so let me unpack it a little. Many, if not all other social and moral… Continue reading Sharing honestly about self interest

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Failure and Getting it Wrong

One of the most significant barriers to overcome when doing something in our communities is fear of failure and anxiety about getting it wrong I have really struggled with this over the years. In part this has been my own problem but also we live in a society that doesn’t give much room for failure.… Continue reading Failure and Getting it Wrong

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Finding our own power – Part 2 (Permission and Power)

From the very beginnings of my community development and activism roots, from the early days of A Way Out, to the setting up of I Love Stockton me, I've found, the next question you get asked when wanting to do something in your community, after "who are you and what is your identity?" is usually… Continue reading Finding our own power – Part 2 (Permission and Power)

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Things to do in Teesside – Go Outdoors

When you think of Teesside do you think of exotic bird watching, rowing, mountain biking, surfing and sailing. I’m guessing you don’t, yet if you dig a little deeper into what is happening in our area, you will see it is brimming with these types of activities. For the last 6 or 7 years, I… Continue reading Things to do in Teesside – Go Outdoors