What I do

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Photo by Jane MacNeil

Well obviously I write this blog and it’s all about the various things I do and am interested in, including my work. So in case you’d like to talk about us working together here’s how I broadly describe what my work is.

My work

I work with communities and with enterprises and individuals involved with them on what they want to do in and for their places. I’ve done this kind of work for many years and in recent times this has included my work with the people of Anfield and North Liverpool at Homebaked, plus the people of Granby in Liverpool, where I’m still a member of their Community Land Trusts.

I work with social and ethical enterprises on what they are for, what they do and how they can improve their effectiveness. In recent years that has involved work in social enterprise public transport with HCT Group, in start ups with the School for Social Entrepreneurs , helping to develop local enterprise ideas with The Beautiful Ideas Co and also mentoring work with people in several other social enterprises.

I work helping and mentoring people on what they want to do in their own lives and work. Much of this in recent years has involved setting occasional days aside to go walking and talking together in some of the places you’ll see written about on this blog.

Then there is ‘generally talking about things.’ I get a good number of requests to talk about things I do or have opinions about at conferences, to various groups, enterprises, academics and the media. I’ll often turn these down, but ask if you’re interested and I will get back to you quickly. I do class talking as work though, so I will want to talk with you about being paid.

And there is ‘Coming Home’. The social enterprise I’ve been involved in getting going over this last year focussing on Liverpool’s 9,000 empty homes and who could be living in them, securely and at truly affordable rents.

The Blog

I write most of of the blog posts here, about anything that interests me. And sometimes my partner Sarah Horton will write one on something she’s particularly opinionated about. So you’ll find a lot of Liverpool, present and past, a fair bit of music, a great deal of walking, much of it with Sarah, and a lot of opinions. I’ll cover current issues and events when they interest me, but very often they don’t.

Often you’ll see a strong enthusiasm for some cause or organisation. But, unlike my work, no one pays me for what I blog about and I won’t take adverts. So any enthusiasms or opinions you see are just that, things I’m enthusiastic about and want more people to know about. The blog is a free and opinionated public service and always will be. My enthusiasms on the blog cost nothing, can’t be bought and everything I write is filtered through the thought of ‘would this be worth saying if my time on earth was limited, like, if I only had a year to live?’ So let’s see how that goes.


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