I recently spoke at a Libraries Unlimited and Arts Council England event in London, which looked at the social and financial value of libraries. I was invited to speak and be part of a panel discussion after someone came across this blog I wrote about how libraries and social entrepreneurs might mutually support each other. Books, community and ideas = my kind of event!

Date: 5th July 2018
Event: Talk: Libraries and Social Entrepreneurs

On ‘Blue Monday’: why my car being written-off sparked happiness

At the end of 2017, a shiny new Audi crashed into my little old car while I was stationary at traffic lights. I’m fairly sure the driver was on his phone. My car was a write-off, but after going through the initial frustrations and hassle, I’ve now arrived at ‘Blue Monday’ — typically the most depressing day of the year — with happiness.

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Connecting libraries and startups to spark wonder and unite communities

I’m sitting in a library in a suburb of Manchester. It’s connected to a sport and leisure centre. There’s a ‘Kids Coding Club’ happening in the corner behind the bookshelves, young minds learning how to speak computer. They’ll create a future that we can’t yet imagine.

My more regular library hangouts are Exeter central library, and the small library in the Royal Society of Arts in London. Three very different libraries. And yet they contain a pulse and a rhythm that is unmistakable and distinct. Different organs operating to keep the same body alive.

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Talks to join dots

In the next three weeks, I’m going to these three talks at the RSA in London:

1. Creating Freedom — filmmaker Raoul Martinez will tackle “economics, philosophy, politics, criminology, psychology and environmentalism, and shows that the more we understand how the world shapes us, the more effectively we can shape our world.”

2. Together Is Better — “global bestselling author and leadership guru Simon Sinek offers inspiration and advice for finding purpose and fulfilment in life and work through our connection with others.”

3. The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives — “renowned economist Tim Harford explains that embracing chaos and mess is the only way to be truly creative, innovative and resilient.”

So what?

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As well as being on the Ministry of Entrepreneurship (MOE) Operating Board, I’m pleased to have been invited to speak at the upcoming MOEvement conference. I’ll be speaking about listening — in International Development, and in our own lives.

“With 140 delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers the MOEVEMENT conference aims to deliver fun, learning and inspiration. There will be countless ways to connect and engage with community members, speakers and delegates.”

If you’re looking for new ideas, a new community, and bags of inspiration, this event is for you!

Date: 14th July 2016—19th May 2019
Time: 08:30
Event: MOEvement Conference
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.