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
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
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
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)
Over the next few weeks, I am going to be sharing some of what I have learned over the last 10 months as I have explored life after A Way Out. One of the things I have been learning about is power. Power and powerlessness is often overlooked yet is a significant contributor to the… Continue reading Finding Our Own Power (Part One)
Being mid swing into the Christmas season I thought it would be nice to talk a little about my faith for my last blog post of the year. I love Christmas. I love the magic of it. The lights, the mince pies, the smell of cinnamon everywhere, the mulled wine, the Santa outfits, the friends… Continue reading Let’s believe in Love this Christmas!
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