#13 Kindness, working out loud and a place for art(ists)

Here are a few things I thought were worth sharing this time…and I’m sorry it’s been ages since last time…

1. The place of kindness: Combating loneliness and building stronger communities

The Carnegie UK Trust, with Joseph Rowntree Foundation, has been working together on kindness in the last year. They say: “Kindness is at the very heart of our wellbeing…[W]e have been working with seven organisations [in Scotland] to test what, if anything, could be done to encourage kinder communities, exploring ideas around the importance of places and opportunities to connect, and the intrinsic values underpinning our interactions and relationships.”

Through the fieldwork, Carnegie associate, Zoe Ferguson, found what helps kinder communities: welcoming places, informal opportunities, and values of kindness. And what gets in the way of kindness: personal risk, regulation, professionalism, and performance management. The work is published in The place of kindness, and there’s a video too.

I enjoyed reading the seven partnership stories especially the Friendly Dumfries project from Food Train Friends, where volunteers wore a badge to show they were friendly people to talk to. I’m hoping that CannyCity will build on this idea. I’d wear a badge. Would you?

2. Working out loud AKA sharing your work

I’ve talked about this before, probably. I’ve written a new ‘now’ story on Medium to share what I’m doing now. It’s long overdue. I’ve been prodded back into doing this by Neil Tamplin and other weeknotes people (mainly those working in government digital stuff). I enjoy reading about what other people are doing at work and how they work. And I enjoy hearing Dan Barrett read out his weeknotes.

3. Pressure makes pearls

I’m an artist, I need space — a film about creativity, culture and what makes a city a vibrant place to live, work and visit featuring The NewBridge Project, Cobalt Studios, and Alphabetti Theatre. The three leaders of these organisations talk about the need for creative and culture spaces in Newcastle, the use of meanwhile space and critiquing the student accommodation policy in our city. I agree with Katherine that we need other reasons [not just reminiscing about mining and shipbuilding] to be proud of our region…that they are here…and aren’t recognised enough.

4. What’s in my diary

I’m going to/helping out at/hosting a few things in September that you might be interested in too. And between them you’ll get a chance to be challenged, to learn and to dream big. You need to register for all of them.

  • 31 August — Newcastle social media surgery at Pink Lane Cafe. The next one is 26 October, which will be the last one at Broadacre House before Northern Creative Solutions and the surgery moves to Commercial Union House
  • 12 September — book group (we’re reading Hope in the dark by Rebecca Solnit this time)
  • 12 September — Creative Fuse Innovation Mixer at Tyneside Cinema
  • 14 September — Little Heresies seminar: When ‘better’ family policies and evidence do harm

I might see you there!

5. And finally…Icons for change

Icons for Change: free signs from the Noun Project to use for protests, community gatherings, and personal reminders. It’s aimed at the US but a lot of the posters are suitable for us here in the UK.

Cheerio for now!


August 2017

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