Why diggers are better than levellers

God, so the saying goes, helps those who helps themselves. If you’re not of a godly persuasion, you might say you make your own luck. Action brings its own rewards. These are truisms that have filtered their way into philosophy and social policy, but it’s worth stepping back and doing a bit of de-filtering. I […]

How to eat an elephant

‘Before you came over the challenge here looked like eating an elephant – it was just too enormous. Now I feel we know how to eat the elephant.’ We’ve been working with the Cedar Foundation, a small charity that began life in Bulgaria leading the de-institutionalisation of orphanages for disabled children, and is now beginning […]

News: new partnership with placemaking experts Beam

We’re pleased to announce that we’re strengthening our great relationship with public arts and placemaking experts at Beam, based at Wakefield’s Orangery. Urban Pollinators director Julian Dobson has joined a new panel of Beam Associates, providing expertise across a wide range of disciplines in arts, architecture, community development, public space and regeneration. Other associates include […]

Inspiration of the Week: The Place Station

Ancoats Dispensary is a beautiful Grade II listed building in Manchester. Dating from the 1870s, it has links to Ancoats, the hub of the industrial revolution, and connections with several generations of workers and residents in the area. The dispensary lies in the centre of the New Islington regeneration area and is currently a stabilised […]