Category: Society

The best designers in Ireland

The best designers in Ireland

20/06/2012 | By

Inside a run-down convent in Cork, a community of nuns, Travellers, recent immigrants, ex-offenders, recovering addicts, old and young came together to visualise and prototype a whole raft of future social services. This is what the Irish Examiner made of their story. Nuns have put their faith in a business process used by Nike and […]

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Effective communication – rebranding a charity

Effective communication – rebranding a charity

20/06/2012 | By

Effective communication is the key to securing public sympathy and influence. Here, I’ve retold the story of how Marketing Magazine gave us a national award for best implementation of a new brand identity. It’s 7.30am and I’m standing in the conference room at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. In an hour’s time, 200 delegates from […]

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Village signs and rural isolation

Village signs and rural isolation

02/06/2012 | By

Why do village signs look the way they do? Too often, we allow them to brand villages as old-time, backwards-looking and conservative. Children are the losers. Although the village in which I used to live is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, it doesn’t have a village sign worthy of attention – just the […]

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Back pain in young adults

Back pain in young adults

01/06/2012 | By

Half of all adults aged 18-35 now experience back pain. The cost to society is around £12.3 billion a year. As Acting CEO of BackCare I fronted new research for the ‘Can You Feel My Pain?‘ campaign linking it to the ‘sit still’ culture in our schools and offices. This is what the Daily Telegraph […]

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The Northern Ireland Pain Summit

The Northern Ireland Pain Summit

11/05/2012 | By

In advance of the first Northern Ireland Pain Summit on Tuesday 15 May 2012, this very interesting radio interview establishes that one in five of the population are living in constant pain. As Chair of Pain UK, I am really looking forward to attending the event and welcoming the Pain Alliance of Northern Ireland as […]

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Raising hope in a sink estate

Raising hope in a sink estate

30/04/2012 | By

My first job in the charity sector was promoting the concept of community foundations – the embodiment of ‘Big Society’ thinking. As a result of the work, Guardian Society chose us as their first ever charity of the month. Here’s the accompanying feature. From the balcony outside his high rise flat, Nadim looks down at […]

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Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

Listening to young people – the story of Youthbank

08/04/2012 | By | Add a Comment

Community foundations were early funders of a great concept called Youthbank. I secured its first national coverage, in the Guardian. Shortly after, Abbey National got in touch to offer us £250,000. Across the country, sets of young people have spent the past 18 months becoming philanthropists. Entrusted with five-figure bugets, and in one case a […]

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Training Belfast

Training Belfast

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Training Lancashire

Training Lancashire

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Helping local authorities to become more creative

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Technology

Technology

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Energy efficient buildings

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