Feb 282015

Hello everyone

We will be sharing a stand with one of our sponsors, the Cambridge Area Partnership, at the Volunteer for Cambridge event at The Guildhall today (Sat 28 Feb). Do have a look around and say hello if you see us!

We have a new video explaining more about what our event on 14 March is about – see below:

In a nutshell:

  • This is a project to bring Cambridge’s many communities together to do more than just talk about our city’s future, but to decide what shared actions to take in order to shape it
  • We’re particularly encouraging young people – in particular those in further education – to take part. This is our response to research showing 18-24 year olds are least likely to vote as an age-cohort.
  • The main output of the project is our event on 14 March at Anglia Ruskin University
  • On 14 March as well as running three core workshops (run twice), we will be running ‘open space’ workshops where anyone can pitch a session. Depending on numbers this will either be through people posting ideas on cards which we will group together as we did at the Conversation Cafe, or people pitching directly to the gathering. See http://www.unconference.net/unconferencing-how-to-prepare-to-attend-an-unconference/ for more about open space organisation and how you can get the most out of it. See https://vimeo.com/119895305 for an example of pitching at an open space event.
  • We’ll be asking everyone to commit to either a one-off small action, or a small behaviour change as a result of taking part. If dozens of us do that, our impact could be greater than the sum of our parts!
  • The Mayor of Cambridge and the Leader of Cambridge City Council will be joining us in their civic capacities
  • We will be presenting the outcomes to our local councils, the Cambridge City Deal Assembly and Executive, and following these up with our parliamentarians after the general election in May.

Not got your free ticket yet? Get them by clicking here!

 Posted by at 1:13 am
Feb 222015

If you’ve not already got your free ticket, please join the dozens of people from across Cambridge that have already signed up -> click here for tickets

If you already have signed up, please invite family and friends too! Have a look at this video from the Electoral Commission from several years ago. Do you know someone like this who might like an invitation to take part?

Posters in your workplace or college?

This week we will be displaying some posters around town. For those of you with access to a colour printer, please could you print out and display these posters (having sought any appropriate permissions!) in your workplaces and communities.

Click on Be the change – Cambridge Poster – PDF

Or alternatively, click on the JPG image below.

Be the change - Cambridge: Poster JPG



 Posted by at 9:59 pm
Feb 132015

Have a look!

Would you like to make similar short video clips on issues in Cambridge as part of the ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ project? If so, let Antony know!

We’ll be uploading some posters for you to print out & display next week, as well as putting a few up around town ourselves.

Not got your free ticket yet? Sign up here. (Thank you to the dozens of you who already have!)

For further info and discussions, find us:

“Many Bridges

One Cambridge

It’s your city.

Be. The. Change.”

 Posted by at 12:17 am
Feb 102015

We’re delighted to announce that Mayor of Cambridge will be joining us for a second time, this time to speak at our community action event on Sat 14 March at Anglia Ruskin University. We’re incredibly grateful for the support the Mayor has given our project. Have a listen to her speech at our conversation cafe event in September 2014

To get your free ticket for the 14 March, click here.

For further info and discussions, find us:

Have more than your say on the future of Cambridge – have an impact.

 Posted by at 12:42 am
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