For those of you who are new to the blog and A Sense of Place, I’m Ronnie Hughes, the writer of this blog about life, Liverpool and all the things that matter to me.
I’ve been working with community groups and organisations for the many years of running A Sense of Place, helping people imagine what they want to achieve in the places where they live and work, then helping them to get there. Mentoring, facilitating and encouraging. And along the way, finding out what works and what, sometimes, doesn’t.
From a housing background, then through this blog and now my PhD studies at the University of Liverpool I’m also a story teller, writer and thinker about the theories and practices of how we dream, design and shape up ideas about our future places. Because dreaming on its own won’t get us there, will it?
Over the years I’ve worked with communities – of both place and interest – groups of activists and residents , teams, social changers and start-ups; bus drivers, bakers and makers; housing people, gardeners and artists; the young, old, newcomers, the experienced and so many in search of inspiration and their rights. Radicals, rebels and activists; the curious, the unsettled, the disobedient and the understandably angry.
I’m proud to say.
I’ve never been interested in being a safe pair of hands. Or getting everything right all the time. Or doing boring work. I know that good things can take time, and some of the best things I’ve been involved in doing, that you can read about on here, have taken years.’
So read through the blog if you’re interested in any of this, these stories of interesting people, stories from a curious life.
Plenty about people and places I’ve worked with over the years in ‘Collections’.
Including my current work and thoughts on my MA and PhD in sociology at the University of Liverpool. An unexpected turn, the best kind.
And you can find me on Twitter @asenseofplace1 if you want to get in touch.