In Bristol for the Open Data Camp

So I’ve been in Bristol since Friday afternoon attending the Open Data Unconference in the Watershed building on the city’s floating harbour. The weather has been beautiful and I was lucky enough to be travelling with a friend who knows the city well. I’ll hopefully get more time to write about the event and also […]

Life has happened

So it’s been a bit quiet on here for the last couple of months. I’ve had a pretty busy time off-screen in real life which has meant I’ve not been able to devote as much as time as I had hoped to updating my blog and website. In a nutshell childcare has been patchy on […]

IDEO: Design Kit: Human Centred Design Course

I finally got round to finishing the Human Centred Design course run by IDEO.org through the Novoed platform. Despite a few teething problems in the delivery of the course the content was excellent and a really great introduction into HCD and the work of IDEO generally. The basis of the experience was not sitting learning […]

Nic Turner

Every so often you have the pleasure to meet someone who really stands out from the crowd in terms of their approach and attitude to living. One such person crossed my path at the last Lunar21 event in November 2015, looking at the ‘power of co-creation‘. His name was Nic Turner and he was sitting […]

Human Library

Two weeks ago I volunteered to be a book at the Derby Human Library, a great idea where people describe themselves as a book title and others can book them out to ‘read’, or find our more about a person who might otherwise be subject to stereotypes. I first can across the idea when Vanessa […]

National Brewery Centre – 15th February 2016.

So one of the challenges I set myself was to visit as many curated heritage, arts or culture experiences as possible to develop my professional response to these and gain access to a wide range of experiences – within and without areas that I find of personal interest. We used to live in Burton and […]

Audience Feedback sheet

I did a small piece of work with the Audience Development Coordinator at Derby Museums, revising┬áthe online audience feedback report. This is provided to the Trustees and staff through out the museum to give people an opportunity to see what is being said about the Trust’s venues. The original format was a number of reviews […]

#NoticeNature

Valentine’s Day was the first day of 2016 that I remember being sunny and warm. I decided to go for a trek around Elvaston Castle grounds and found an amazing deserted old farm complex that was obviously part of the original house complex. The detail in the buildings was beautiful, and much of the original […]

It struck me the other day, that my youth, the things I did in my teens and twenties have been consigned to history. I feel sad about this – that the popular movements, music and ideals are no longer with us. Time has moved on and I feel very old. I suppose that I am […]