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ArtSpace Bath Project by Penny Hay FRSA

The project was built around a group of Fellows recognising the need for Bath to have a permanent creative arts space, such as those in other major UK cities.  This is backed up by the City Identity project in B&NES and research by Mickeldore (2012) that demonstrates the need for a creative hub to grow the city’s creative economy.  Also, the area has been identified by NESTA (2010) as a creative hotspot, but that there is a need to retain creative talent from Bath’s universities and college (Florida 2002).

It is in this manner that the City Identity Project aims to support and foster the cultural climate in which the creative industries flourish and prosper; and it is in this field that Artspace is in a position to contribute unique and significant value, offering opportunities for a range of unusual and ‘edgy’ experiences and interactions which Bath currently lacks.

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Charting The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator by Ken Banks

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who come alive”Howard Thurman (1899 – 1981)

When David Rowan, editor of Wired Magazine, invited me to write a short article for “Ideas Bank” last spring, it gave me a great opportunity to share something I’d been witnessing on an increasing scale since my days at Stanford University in 2007. Read more

El Puente Research: Spanish Immigrants in Edinburgh; Situation and Needs

It is calculated that there are around 30.000 Spanish people living in Edinburgh, however there is no more information about How many there are? What their situation is? or Why are they coming here?

Regarding this new condition, the Adult Learning Project started to worry about the integration of this community already living in Edinburgh, what they need and how to supply them with the necessary tools to integrate them and make richer this coexistence.
At the same time, more than a year ago, three Spanish social researchers met here in Edinburgh and got interested by the cultural differences and similarities which exist.  They started to wonder how this Spanish Community can contribute to Edinburgh and what they can learn from this new culture.

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321 Ignition* by Rick Hall

Hello, I would like to invite you to find out about, and support 3-2-1 Ignition*…I am a writer and consultant in the arts, for young people and creativity in education. Until July 2006, I was Project Leader of Ignite! at NESTA.

Ignite! continues as an independent organisation dedicated to promoting creativity in learning; and I am engaged by Ignite! as Director of Programmes and leads on developing new partnerships.I have worked as a teacher, actor, writer and director of theatre for young people, and was Director of Artswork, the youth arts development organisation from 1991 to 1995 and now act as its Chair.  All this and more has led me to drive forward the current work of 3-2-1 Ignition… Read more

Fun: A New Prescription For Social Anxiety? by Martin Webber

Anxiety affects us all. Sometimes, a little bit is a good thing. It can sharpen our minds before a performance or help us to complete a piece of work, for example. More often, though, it can get in the way of leading a normal, productive life. Severe anxiety can stop us sleeping, going out and getting on with our lives.

Research in the US has found that as many as one in ten people suffer from social anxiety disorder – a persistent fear of social situations – at some point in their lives. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance recommends medication or psychological therapy for the treatment of social anxiety. However, only about half of adults seek help and most only do so after experiencing problems with their anxiety for over 20 years.

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The Social Science Centre by Gary Saunders

The Social Science Centre (SSC) organises free higher education in the City of Lincoln and run by its members. The SSC was formally constituted as a co-operative in May 2011 with help from the local Co-operative Development Agency. The SSC has no formal connection with any higher education institution, but attempts to work closely with like-minded organisations in the City.

Over the last year, we’ve run an entry-level evening class called ‘The Social Science Imagination’ (after C. Wright-Mills’ 1959 book, The Sociological Imagination), which is an open course run by and for people who want to develop a critical understanding of the social world, and the conditions and possibilities of their own lives, through social scientific inquiry. Read more