Envision : Podcast

July 20th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

In this podcast we talk to Envision Co-ordinator Kitty Sadler about engaging young people in social action. Envision programmes help young people to design their own local community projects, tackling issues ranging from street crime to climate change. Envision operates in three cities: Bristol, Birmingham and London, believing that to become effective change-makers, young people need […]

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Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #11

July 17th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Hyperlocal Research Showcase | no comments

Last year, photographer Sara Lyndsey captured 25 images of Creative Citizens on location in their communities for our Creative Citizen conference and exhibition. We’re now sharing these fantastic photos along with some information about each of the inspiring subjects. These people do what they do not because they are paid to but because they want […]

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What makes a community?

July 13th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research Showcase | no comments

At the Creative Citizens Fair 2015 we asked Smethwick based Crafty Muthas to come along and run a drop-in finger knitting workshop. Fingers were busy all day and participants were asked to consider ‘What makes a community?’ and then write their thoughts down onto tags that were attached to their knitting. The finished piece was tied together […]

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Podcast with Bearwood Promoters

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

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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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: 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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Call For Participants – Creative Citizens Fair, 27th June 2015

June 5th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Community-led Design Creative Networks Hyperlocal Research | no comments

We’d like to invite creative citizens and community organisations to take part in the Creative Citizens Fair on 27th June 2015 at Birmingham’s Impact Hub. The event, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme is free, family friendly and runs from 11.00am-4.00pm, covering themes around creative citizenship, community initiatives, social projects and […]

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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

Digbeth

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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Creative Citizens: A Photo Collection – #10

May 29th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Conference Research Showcase | no comments

Last year, photographer Sara Lyndsey captured 25 images of Creative Citizens on location in their communities for our Creative Citizen conference and exhibition. We’re now sharing these fantastic photos along with some information about each of the inspiring subjects. These people do what they do not because they are paid to but because they want […]

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Birmingham Bike Foundry: Podcast

May 27th, 2015 by Jennie Sandford in Research | no comments

There are over 6000 independent co-operatives in the UK. From football to fashion, health care to housing, community owned shops to credit unions, and wind farms to web design. Across the UK, co-operatives are owned by 15.4 million people. In this podcast we interview Chris Tomlinson from Birmingham Bike Foundry, a workers’ co-operative that promotes cycling activities […]

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