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.


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