Over 50 people took part in our Conversation Cafe on Saturday 13 September 2014 at Anglia Ruskin University – the first of a series of events that form part of our project. Co-chaired by Dr David Cleevely CBE and Anne Bailey of the Cambridge Area Partnership, guests taking part identified issues and ideas that formed into a series of themes including:
- Community action
- Arts and culture
- Transport and housing
- Green spaces
- Growing up in Cambridge
- Improving local government
We have uploaded some slides that capture some of the discussions that we had. See
We were joined by the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Gerri Bird. See what she had to say in the video below having taken part in some of the discussions
We also had representation from all three political parties on Cambridge City Council, and the three tiers of government with Vicky Ford MEP, Dr Julian Huppert MP and Cllr Lewis Herbert taking questions from participants.
We are grateful to photographer Lucinda Price who took lots of excellent photographs of the day – have a look at them on her website at http://lucindapricephotography.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/be-the-change-cambridge/
As well as having residents from across the city taking part, a number of people took part representing community groups and campaigns, such as the Cambridge Student Hub, the Cambridge Map Project and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. We also had the Dosoco Foundation - one of the two beneficiaries of our project, represented by Andrea Cockerton of the Dowsing Sound Collective. We were also delighted to welcome Alan Alexander of the Haverhill-Cambridge rail campaign. With a large support network in Haverhill, the campaign is looking to work with Cambridge to re-open the old railway line that linked both places, and extend it all the way to Colchester. This opens the possibility of a direct rail service between Cambridge and Chelmsford – a boost for Anglia Ruskin University if we can make it happen.
We also benefited from the input of representatives from some our sponsors & supporters who joined us, including Bob Ensher of Morgan Sindall, Jane Paterson Todd of Cambridge Ahead and the team from Cambridge Event Management.
We invited everyone to write ideas and issues onto post-it notes. We grouped the post-it notes into themes, which workshop groups then discussed how we could turn them into actions. At the end, we invited groups to summarise what they had discussed. The housing and green spaces workshop’s presentation is below – unfortunately the only one that survived the video transferring process! Apologies for the other presentations that wouldn’t transfer!
Everyone was invited to undertake one small action or one small behaviour change as a result of taking part in the conversation cafe. It was great to see people from different backgrounds and with different experiences coming together to take on the challenge of making our city great.
Want to get involved?
If you’d like to get involved in making our city greater than the sum of our parts, please join our Meetup group for free at http://www.meetup.com/Be-the-change-Cambridge/. This will ensure you are kept up to date with future events. We are also on Facebook and Twitter at @Bethechangecam.
We are also looking to run similar events with young people. If your school or college is willing to host a ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ event, please email Anne Bailey at the Cambridge Area Partnership at abailey [@] cap14-19.org.uk. See if your school or college is part of the Cambridge Area Partnership at http://www.cambridgeareapartnership.org.uk/index.php/about-us/cap-partners
For further questions about the project, please contact the project founder, Antony Carpen at antonycarpen [@] gmail.com.
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Be. The. Change.