Mar 182016


Bringing together community groups and residents for some open workshops on the Greater Cambridge City Deal

In response to requests from a number of community groups and resident associations in and around Cambridge, Be The Change Cambridge is looking to host an event that brings everyone together to learn more about the Greater Cambridge City Deal – whose website is at

If you’ve got a spare half-an-hour, have a watch/listen to this talk by Cllr Tim Bick, who chairs the City Deal Assembly - which covers the basics.

We’re seeking interest from people who would like to come along and take part. The date isn’t set in stone, but we’re looking at a Saturday in June – at the moment Sat 11 June 2016.Pam Wesson of Mill Road is kindly looking into community venues for us, but if you have ideas, please let us know.


Sign up at

We’re looking at a half-day event – around 10am-2pm.

The masterclass will feature open space sessions as well as a number of expert presentations from individuals and groups that have been campaigning on a number of issues that have arisen with the City Deal. We have also been in touch with the City Deal authorities and will be inviting them to take part – not least so that you can see some of the presentations that corporate audiences have seen, and can familiarise yourselves with the scrutiny and governance structures. For example, how many people know about the City Deal?

…and could the authorities improve how they publicise it?

It’ll also be a chance to hear what activities community forums have been doing in response. For example

Cambridge Residents Associations

Cambridge City Council’s list of associations is at

There are also two growth/site specific community forums:

Stay in touch!

We’re on Facebook at

We’re on Twitter at @BeTheChangeCam

We’re on Meetup at

(Or drop us an email via our founder, Antony Carpen at antonycarpen [at] gmail  [dot] com.

The Mayor of Cambridge with (L-R) Anne Bailey (Cambridge Area Partnership & co-founder, Be the change - Cambridge), Jennifer Jones (Host facilitator), Antony Carpen (Founder, Be the change - Cambridge), Lucy McMahon (Student volunteer, Chesterton CC), Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, Mr Alan Pooley, JP, Aaron Hurst (Student volunteer, Cambridge Regional College), Sharon Kaur (Workshop facilitator & community activist)

The Mayor of Cambridge with (L-R) Anne Bailey (Cambridge Area Partnership & co-founder, Be the change – Cambridge), Jennifer Jones (Host facilitator), Antony Carpen (Founder, Be the change – Cambridge), Lucy McMahon (Student volunteer, Chesterton CC), Cllr Gerri Bird, Mayor of Cambridge, Mr Alan Pooley, JP, Aaron Hurst (Student volunteer, Cambridge Regional College), Sharon Kaur (Workshop facilitator & community activist)


 Posted by at 1:44 pm
Aug 272015


Our friends at the Cambridge Cycling Campaign are hosting an evening all about the Greater Cambridge City Deal. Come along and learn the essentials about how you can find out about and influence plans for solving our transport challenges.

We’ve listed the event on our meetup page at

Have a look at this video where Antony interviewed Roxanne De Beaux of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Cambridge Cycling Campaign posted:

“We will hear from Tim Bick, City Councillor and Leader of the City Deal Assembly followed by Mike Davies, Cycling Projects Team Leader for the County Council. We will also have the launch of the Better City Deal Campaign which proposes some big ideas for improving congestion in Cambridge – and making more space for cycling. “

The meeting will be followed by drinks at The Maypole Pub.

For more information about the city deal – including meeting papers, please see

For those of you that would like to stay informed on transport campaigns in & around Cambridge, or would like join their campaigns, you can join the Cambridge Cycling Campaign at

Cambridge Cycling Campaign is also on the lookout for younger members – in particularly those in further education to represent our schools and further education colleges. Do you know anyone who might be interested? If so, please point them in the direction of Cambridge Cycling Campaign via


Coleridge Road at night. Photo: Antony Carpen

Coleridge Road/Cherry Hinton Road junction at night. Photo: Antony Carpen

 Posted by at 5:56 pm
Apr 072015

Antony Carpen, founder of Be the change – Cambridge presented the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird with a cheque for £250 at the launch of Stagecoach’s new commuter bus service from the Trumpington Park & Ride stop to Cambridge railway station.

Antony Carpen, founder of Be the change - Cambridge, presenting the a cheque to the Mayor of Cambridge

Antony Carpen, founder of Be the change – Cambridge, presenting the a cheque to the Mayor of Cambridge. Photo: Richard Fullerton 

One of the features of the Be the change – Cambridge project was that 5% of the total contributions (both in cash & kind) would be allocated to two local charities – The Dosoco Foundation and Disability Cambridgeshire – the latter being one of the Mayor’s two charities for her term of office.

The Mayor, who has been one of the strongest supporters of our project, tweeted:

“Thank you for my baby [dragon fairy] and the cheque for one of my charities!”

The small dragon fairy soft toy was a personal gift of thanks from Antony, which is a small replica of his social media newsfeed avatar, Puffles the dragon fairy. Antony Carpen said:

“I wanted Be the change – Cambridge to recognise the vital work our local charities and community groups do in & around our city. I nominated one organisation close to my heart – the Dosoco Foundation which supports music activities in Cambridgeshire. I invited the Mayor of Cambridge to nominate the second.”

Antony presented Dosoco Foundation founder, and Musical Director of the Dowsing Sound Collective, Andrea Cockerton with a cheque for £250 just before the start of the ‘Lungjam’ on 01 April at the Cambridge Corn Exchange. This event celebrated the launch of the new Cambridge Live Trust, with over 1,000 people taking the opportunity to join in singing along to some well-known songs played by the collective.


 Posted by at 11:34 pm
Feb 052015

****Tickets now available****


Click on this link

Do you want to have more than your say on the future of Cambridge?

Do you want to share your ideas with dozens of passionate & like-minded people?

Do you want to make a positive difference to our city?

If so, this event is for you! 

We’re delighted to confirm the arrangements for our community action event, which will take place on Sat 14 March at Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge.

We’ve changed the ticketing format from the paid vs free tickets to having all tickets free while allowing people the option to donate towards the costs when booking. Our suggested donation (£10) is the same price as the original ticket price for the small group of people that carried over their original bookings. The most important thing however, is people’s participation.

With Cambridge’s packed calendar of events – in particular the brilliant Cambridge Science Festival, we’ve gone for a 12pm-6pm event rather than a 10am-4pm event. We are also incorporating three planned workshops into the afternoon to reflect your ideas & input from our Brewhouse & Conversation Cafe events in autumn 2014. These will be:

  • The arts and culture offer for Cambridge
  • Housing and transport planning: How does it work and how can you influence it?
  • How should Cambridge City be run?

The final of the three stems from very recent developments with the Greater Cambridge City Deal – which now has a constituted executive board and assembly. This resulted in the very recent announcements of £100m of funding for ten transport projects between 2015-2020. See here.

We will also be organising a couple of small focussed skills-sharing workshops in the morning prior to the 12pm start. One of these will include the very talented Jennifer Jones, who was a project manager for the Digital Commonwealth project for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She will be sharing her skills, knowledge and learning on community media and engagement from both the 2014 project and from her research as a PhD student in the School of Media, Culture & Society at the University of the West of Scotland.

We look forward to meeting you all in March!

Anne, Antony and David.

 Posted by at 2:31 am
Sep 062014

A Message from Antony Carpen:

Dear ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ attendees.

Due to event clashes and low ticket sales, we have taken the decision to hold a smaller ‘conversation cafe’ event between 1pm-4pm on 13 Sept at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and postpone the planned community action gathering until early 2015.

For those of you that have purchased standard tickets, these tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled community action gathering and you will not have to re-order. If it turns out you are unable to make the date, or if you would like a refund, please let me know.

While we are disappointed not to have generated enough ticket sales and registrations, we will be using the conversation cafe gathering to bring as many interested people and groups together for the first time, as well as planning a series of small events and actions to build up towards the rescheduled large event in 2015.

I apologise for any inconvenience this causes, and thank you all for your support in this project.

With best wishes

Antony Carpen
Founder, Be the change – Cambridge.

 Posted by at 1:20 pm
Sep 012014

All three political parties on Cambridge City Council have confirmed they’ll take part in ‘Be The Change – Cambridge’ at Anglia Ruskin University with Cambridge Ahead on Saturday September 13th.

Vicky Ford MEP for the Conservatives, Dr Julian Huppert MP for the Liberal Democrats and Cllr Lewis Herbert for the Labour Party will be speaking at the end of the event about the ideas and suggestions they have heard from the workshops.

Vicky Ford MEP for Cambridgeshire and Chairman of the European Parliament committee for the Internal Market said:

“Cambridge has a worldwide reputation for bringing together some of the brightest minds to find real solutions to real problems. I look forward to joining the discussions at Be the Change.”

Leader of Cambridge City Council, Cllr Lewis Herbert said:

‘This is great community-led initiative and a real opportunity for people from across the area to have a say on issues that matter to them about our special city and the future of Cambridge. Leading City Councillors will be there to listen and contribute, and we look forward to discussing its conclusions after the event’.

Support: Dr Julian Huppert MP is giving his backing for 'Be the change - Cambridge'

Support: Dr Julian Huppert MP is giving his backing for ‘Be the change – Cambridge’

Cambridge’s MP Dr Julian Huppert said:

‘Having grown up and spent most of my life in Cambridge, I am passionate about our city and what it can offer to people here. I’m really excited that this event can bring people together to come up with some really interesting new ideas – and make them happen – so that we can make Cambridge an even better place to live.’

Event founder, Antony Carpen said:

“I am delighted that we will have representation not just from all political parties on the city council, but also from local, national and European levels of government. It is also a chance for local people to put their ideas directly to those that represent us in public office.




For more information please contact:

  • Alessandra Caggiano on 07500 666832 or at
  • Anne Bailey on 07545 696547 or
  • Antony Carpen on 07779 205270 or at


 Posted by at 5:09 pm
Aug 042014

Tickets for ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ are now on sale!

The event will take place at Anglia Ruskin University’s East Road, Cambridge campus from 9:30am-5:00pm on Saturday 13th September.

Please go to our Eventbrite page at to book yours.

Standard tickets are £10 + Eventbrite’s fee of £1.25.

We also have free tickets for:

  • Event volunteers (as these events cannot go ahead without kind people helping out on the day)
  • People under 21
  • Concessions – people on low incomes where a standard ticket fee would otherwise prevent them from taking part.

We are grateful to Cambridge Ahead and Anglia Ruskin University, our event’s headline sponsors. We’d also like to thank the following sponsors for their support

For information on sponsorship or community stalls, please see page 9 of our Be the Change Cambridge brochure.

If you’d like to help make Cambridge a city greater than the sum of its parts, come and join us on 13th September  at Anglia Ruskin University

 Posted by at 9:53 am
Aug 012014

Hello everyone

‘Be the change – Cambridge’ is being kindly supported by one of our event supporters, the Cambridge Network who are providing essential logistical support. To ensure we’ve got all our systems in place, tickets will be going on sale on Monday 4 August, not Friday 1 August as previously advertised. We will also be releasing the first batch of free tickets to young people under-21 years old, people on low incomes and people who want to volunteer to help at the event. We don’t want cost to be a barrier for people who really want to take part.

For those of you on Facebook, you can add a reminder of our September event in your calendar here. Once our ticket page is up, there will be options to add to other calendars such as iCal and Google.

In the meantime, enjoy the Cambridge Folk Festival for those of you going!


 Posted by at 1:03 pm
Jul 282014

A message from Antony Carpen

Welcome to our website! ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ is a project that evolved out dozens of conversations, several years of research, the input of many talented people from diverse backgrounds and even a short local council election campaign in May 2014 involving a social media persona called Puffles the Dragon Fairy.

Be the change – Cambridge is more than just a single event. It is a call to action, inviting everyone that makes up our great city to come together and make it greater than the sum of its parts. Anglia Ruskin University has stepped forward to provide us with that unique venue to host a gathering of over 200 people that we hope will further energise many of the already active groups and communities in the city. It is also an opportunity for people to get involved with groups they might not have heard about before.

You may have heard the quotation: “Be the change you want to see”. The small group of us organising the event at Anglia Ruskin University invite you to apply this quotation to Cambridge. By bringing together people, community groups and local institutions, we aim to give people more chances to take positive action. By working with others, we can improve our city as well as taking on some of our own personal challenges – like learning a new skill or overcoming a barrier that was previously thought impassable.

Learning by doing is one of the themes in all that we do. We’re not going to get everything right first time every time. For several of the people and groups that are already involved, some of what they are doing (in particular with digital and social media) is new for them. Let’s help each other – even and especially when we make mistakes or when things don’t turn out well.

There are lots of people I want to thank just for getting this far – but I’ll save that for a separate post. Tickets will be available from 01 August from this website – I’ll be posting a link on the day.

In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a digital video from the Dowsing Sound Collective (of which we are supporting their linked charity The Dosoco Foundation). If people can come away from the event on 13 September with even half as much enthusiasm as those attending their performance in Ely in 2013, I’ll be happy.


 Posted by at 5:13 pm