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

What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

When Amazon announced that it was inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters (HQ2) in the US it released criteria to guide city bids. Amazon’s criteria included being a city/metro area of more than 1 million people, with a stable business environment, attractive to technical talent, excellent universities, near an international airport, with direct … Continue reading What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

When you mention the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ people laugh and say ‘isn’t that an oxymoron?’. But Sebastian Turner, publisher of Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading daily paper, found the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ inspiring when he first heard it from Charles Landry. It crystallised something he’d been thinking about. Why did his paper ‘listen’ to everyone except government … Continue reading The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?

  In the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) runs a children’s bookshop in Manhattan. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) opens his Fox Books superstore just around the corner. It’s the mid 1990’s and the internet is fresh. The characters meet in an on-line chat room and fall in love, whilst unknowingly battling each … Continue reading Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?