The future of the high street

Like many around the world,  my local high street is apparently in trouble. A pub has just closed. A well-known café has gone out of business. There are vacant shops.  We know retail is under threat. My high street needs a burst of community spirit and creativity to make us care again about our local … Continue reading The future of the high street

Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration…..

The World Cities Summit in Singapore this week has highlighted the need for more collaboration in cities. In fact, everywhere you look there are calls for greater collaboration. Especially in relation to the challenges of cities and government. Yet we rarely talk about why collaboration is so hard to do. Good collaboration takes time and … Continue reading Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration…..

Letting the light in…….

‘There is a crack in everything, that’s where the light gets in’  Leonard Cohen Ok, so Leonard was talking about our souls – about imperfection being essential to our spirits.  Profound and simple and lovely. But in some ways cities have spirits too, even personalities and psychologies. And while  city makers focus on the tangibles … Continue reading Letting the light in…….