Be the change – Cambridge is all about bringing people together to share their ideas, issues and plans of action. We want to tap into the wealth of talent in our communities, bring them together and unleash the power of the people onto our city to make it greater than the sum of our parts.
Vox-popping for the city
In the run up to our event at Anglia Ruskin University on Sat 13th September in Cambridge, Antony Carpen will be out and about in Cambridge filming short ‘vox pop’ interviews inviting people to suggest their ideas for what they think could make Cambridge greater than the sum of our parts. An early edition of these vox-pop clips has already been published. Have a look at the ideas Georgina, Ceri, Kris and Steve have.
Steve Turville of Limoncellos on Mill Road in Cambridge is chairing the Cambridge Lakes Project. (See here). Steve’s ambition is to open up the flooded former quarry just beyond the east end of Mill Road and turn it into a leisure facility. At present, it’s fenced off but is regularly broken into during hot summers when people look for somewhere to cool off. Rather than build more fences, why not respond to the demand and turn it into a safe, accessible community facility? Steve has a well-organised committee working on the project. If you would like to get involved, leave them a message via their website or on Facebook here.
See also our second set of clips
Posters around town
Antony and friends have also been putting up posters around town to promote our event. Many thanks to venues that have allowed us to put posters up – including Urban Larder, Arjuna and CB1 on Mill Road, Hot Numbers Coffee on Gwydir Street, Clowns Cafe on King Street, the Romsey Mill, and CB2 on Norfolk Street.
Antony and Ceri have also been at a number of community events, gatherings and council meetings inviting people to take part in Be the change – Cambridge.
Would you like to appear in a vox-pop clip?
If so, leave us a message on our Facebook page (see here) and Antony meet you to film it. Alternatively, you can film it yourself and email it over to Antony. (antonycarpen [at] gmail [dot] com). The format is:
- State your name
- State which part of Cambridge (or beyond) you are from
- State clearly what change you would like Cambridge to make
Ideally, your idea needs to be
- something specific to Cambridge (ie not a national, international, philosophical issue)
- something that you and others can help get involved in
- something that is not ‘party political’ or religious in nature – it’s got to be inclusive
- something that is positive – something that isn’t about blaming an individual or group of people
In the run up to the event, we will be featuring other groups and projects featuring individuals and people who have identified an issue and are already being the change they want to see. i.e. they are doing something positive about it. They will also be challenging you to be the change that you want to see in Cambridge.