Bradshaws 5 favourite quotes

26 Nov

  1. “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank

  2. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” Mahatma Gandhi
  3. Not a quote as much as a awesome idea – ‘to scratch on your imagination’ Shelley Sacks
  4. In the face of the impending crisis, people often ask what they can do to protect themselves. “Buy gold? Stockpile canned goods? Build a fortified compound in a remote area? What should I do?” I would like to suggest a different kind of question: “What is the most beautiful thing I can do?” Charles Eisenstein Sacred Economics
  5. “Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

 

Part of something AWESOME

11 Feb

This month I’ve been working hard on telling our story and engaging people in a call to action.  Check out the latest video we’ve created and let me know what you think!  Two people signed up in the first week. GET IN for COMPLETELY changing a kids life!

No Email Day!

4 Jan

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Image: Paul Downey

I recently read this article by Ben Terrett who works at the offices of the Governments Digital Services (GDS). Last month they had a no email day!  What an awesome Idea.  I sometimes think most people’s jobs (including mine) could be whittled down to ‘I email’.  I’m thank full that I do have to get out of the office an interact physically with people, but the majority of the time I’m emailing.  Ben writes “we tend to use email as a task list rather than a messaging service”.  Sorting out your inbox shouldn’t be another massive task in your day.  I’m guilty of sending emails when in retrospect it’s more efficient to pick up the phone or go down two flights of stairs to see someone in person.  I would relish an enforced no email day, oh the work that could be done!

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Agile Bus Fun

4 Dec

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This article on the BBC about a ‘Start Up’ bus in Africa caught my attention this week. The passengers are entrepreneurs devoted to problem-solving through technology.  It’s an interesting idea in its infancy, with wi-fi on board, skill sharing and brainstorming bus windows for anyone to use!   The post-it notes on the window got my creative/planning juices going.  I love Agile project management, post-it’s and and lists!  I wonder if First Bus will mind if  I start sticking post it notes on the window whilst having an impromptu scrum on my journeys with colleagues?  – you only need 5 mins!  no standing though…

Jump the Line – music, smile, dance

20 Nov

A 30 min mix of upbeat tunes I dj’d at Boodaville Festival in Spain this summer. This music makes me smile and want to dance all the way from Africa, America, Germany, UK, Earth, Solar System, Milky way  do be dooo

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Tackling Social Isolation through Digital Inclusion

26 Oct

I’ve just completed a year at at Citizens Online charity where I co-ordinate computer courses for the over 55’s and people with a  disability in Bristol.  I made this video for the presentation to BT who fund the project to introduce some of the people who’ve attended our courses and the impact it’s having in Bristol.   The biggest impact I’ve witnessed is with the issue of social isolation.  About 1/4 of the people who attend our courses have lost a partner recently (and often tell us in the first session introductions) and are lonely. It is estimated that 3.1 million over 65 year old’s see a friend, relative or neighbour less than once a week (source).  Having the skills to get online (as well as the kit and connection) goes a long way to reducing social isolation as well enabling people to save money on bills, holiday, train tickets, engaging with online discussions and polls, using council services and having fun!

Top 5 tips for teaching new silver surfers

20 Sep

In my day job training seniors to get online a recent volunteers’ Best Practice Day highlighted some insights on what not to presume with new computer learners. Here are 5 of the most common presumptions below:

1. That people know what ‘dot’ means. “Go to w w w dot bbc…” Explaining it’s a full stop is essential before getting started on the internet.

2. That learners know a mouse only works on a surface. A mouse looks a bit like a remote control – that you point at a screen…

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Why I’m a part of Awamu

16 Jul

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“One of our fundraising events involved screening a bank heist movie in the vaults of the old Bank of England!”

That’s Marvin on the left and myself in Makarere slum area, Kampala, Uganda.  Marvin is one the boys who is now going to school thanks to the women like Sarah on the right who is selling hand-made beautiful clothes on Awamu.co.uk

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Magic lantern gets down and dirty…

19 Jun

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Bristol’s Magic Lantern Film Club teams up with Big Green Week to screen the Detroit based ‘Urban Roots’ and raise an amazing £245.49 for Awamu…

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Rosa Parks Gardening Party

16 May

Thats me babbling about the Lane near my house in Bristol. Thanks for existing Rosa Parks!