Creative Citizens Fair, some reflections from the day

July 29th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

The Fair

In June we held our Creative Citizens Fair at Birmingham’s wonderful Impact Hub. The talks are now available on our Youtube channel, with more video to come, and we had great feedback and photos from the event too. We just wanted to take a moment though to reflect on some of the talks and experiences, and rather than write […]

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Podcast with Bearwood Promoters

July 1st, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

Janet Thomas

You might have seen them speak at our Fair on Saturday, but we have even more from Bearwood Promoters, a podcast that we actually recorded prior to the event but have been saving up. In this interview, we talk to Janet Thomas, Vice Chair or the Promoters. The Youtube video of that Fair talk by […]

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Creative Citizens Fair: a million thank yous.

June 30th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Showcase | no comments

Craft muthas finger knitting workshop

Saturday (June 27th) was the day of our Creative Citizens Fair. As with any event like this, we weren’t sure exactly how it would turn out. We had planned to the nth degree, invited, and sold out all our 100 tickets on Eventbrite, but still, you never know until the day. We needn’t have worried. Minimal teething […]

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Speaker announced: Jane Thakoordin of Birmingham Craftivists

June 17th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments


Jane Thakoordin runs Birmingham Craftivists. On their site she says “the use of art and crafts for political comment is not new, and we have stumbled across this slow, methodical activism process at a stage where many of us are a bit burnt out from years of active campaigning.” You can find out more about […]

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Speaker announcement: James Clarke of The Hub at Ashmore

June 15th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Showcase | no comments

Hub at Ashmore Park

You might know James Clarke from the hyperlocal website he runs with his wife Steph in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton. But he’s also involved in a number of other activities within the community, specifically helping set up Ashmore Park’s Community Hub. The hub contains a library and cafe for use by residents, but he’s also helped set up […]

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Speaker announcement: The Real Junk Food Project

June 13th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments


We’re really pleased to announce that The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham will be joining us at our Creative Citizens Fair on 27th June. The Real Junk Food Project is a concept that started in Leeds in 2013. The network is expanding rapidly across the U.K. and worldwide, with projects already started in Manchester, Brighton and Bristol. […]

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Our second speaker announced: Angela from Little Hippo

June 6th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Showcase | no comments


You might not have heard of Little Hippo yet, as Angela’s previous venture was Bootstrap Artisans, an artist’s collective that occupied a shop front in Wolverhampton’s Mander centre. At our Fair on June 27th she’ll be talking through the problems that arose from that project, what she learned, and what you might watch out for […]

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Announcing the first of our speakers at the Creative Citizens Fair: Pamela Pinski of Digbeth is Good

June 4th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments


Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be regularly leaking out details of the speakers, workshops and stall you can look forward to at our Creative Citizens Fair on June 27th – sign up here if you haven’t already. The first of our speakers I’d like to introduce is Pamela Pinski, who runs the Digbeth […]

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Phone box to news box – taking the glass off community notice boards

June 2nd, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Hyperlocal | no comments

I was recently on holiday in the north of England, but it seems that creative citizens have a habit of following you around. Coming out of a restaurant in the tiny village of Hutton Magna, this stopped me in my tracks. Being a nosy fellow, I had a look inside and was both pleased and excited by […]

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One lost dog and 80,000 Facebook shares: when hyperlocal media goes viral

March 16th, 2015 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

In our work exploring hyperlocal media, we’ve identified that hyperlocal websites and platforms like Facebook and Twitter are often used by people who have lost their pets, or found stray animals they’d like to reunite with their owners. The everyday and local nature of this media clearly encourages this kind of participation, even if the editors don’t build […]

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