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Introducing ….. Raybel Charters

I’ve been out of the job and into an improbable new world of sail cargo pioneers for six months now. It’s an enthralling dream of transporting goods by wind-powered ships, some old, some new. An alternative to the mass containerised … Continue reading

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On tarriffs and lobbies

One of the more successful lines our family business has developed in recent years is a small import-export service for an eco-cleaning product manufactured in, of all places, North Carolina, called Rockin’ Green. We (well, Joy) spotted the product, did … Continue reading

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EU Canoe

Confession time – I have to take my share of the blame. Back in the mid-90s I spent several enjoyable months working for the Financial Times on a ‘new media’ product – a CDRom, no less – which was all … Continue reading

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The Cnut Conundrum

A fading memory now, but family Xmas last year was in Cumbria – at Crosby Garrett, scene of the Roman helmet find of 2010. Little chance we would make any such exciting discovery: the three days were consumed by virtually … Continue reading

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Open and be damned

From a standing start to £10m in turnover in just three years is going some – and for a non-profit membership, training and research organisation more so. But that’s been the giddy rise of the Open Data Institute since founding … Continue reading

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More stuff for Labour councils in the North

With the argument about the principle of devolution to cities now seemingly settled, attention has begun to turn to the details of the deals being done. For some – the Guardian and nef amongst them – these do no more … Continue reading

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Social enterprise and small is beautiful

I gave a very unsatisfactory answer in a radio interview recently about social enterprise. Having had a lot more experience asking the questions than answering them in media exchanges, it’s an uncommon feeling to be on the other side of … Continue reading

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Designing sharing

Brief evening stopover at nef, for the launch of their latest report ‘Design for Sharing’ which looks at the rise of the sharing economy. Given I’m frequently driven to the conclusion that the biggest issue we face is how to resource social … Continue reading

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Might cities fail?

One of the recurrent themes of this blog is that cities now offer better prospects for dealing with the social and economic problems that we face. This is becoming dangerously close to a consensus view on right and left -witness the … Continue reading

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Cities and cyber currency

A Camden church has started accepting Bitcoin donations. St Martin’s in Gospel Oak says it wants to keep up with the times and has warned that the current financial system is not all that reliable.  I’ve just checked where else … Continue reading

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