Leisure travel and cycling: the case of festivals

Check me the hell out, I’m being politically engaged.

I submitted the following brief piece to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group under their call for evidence, which is very very shortly now going forward to a proper, six session long parliamentary inquiry on the topic of: “Cycling is great. Let’s do more of it.”

Will it get used? God knows, probably not that important in the grand scheme of things but I will certainly wet my pants with excitement if it does.



Always wear a helmet when playing DJ Hero, kids

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The artist-entreprenuer

This was originally published in Volume 2 // 3 of Aesthesis: International journal of art and aesthetics in management and organisational life (now defunct) in 2008.

I interviewed a handful of organisations in the Custard Factory, Birmingham. This was in the New Labour heyday of growth and bigging up the creative industries. I hope they are all still doing well.

The Artist-entrepreneur in the New Creative Economy

‘New knowledge is available at little or no cost to those who are on the lookout, full of curiosity and bright enough not to miss their chances.’

Fritz Machlup, 1980: 179 [1]

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Economic impact of the arts

This was originally published (for real! on paper and everything!) in issue 223 of Arts Professional, February 2011. (they have it on their website here if you don’t believe me)

What’s the economic impact of the arts?

I bet you’re thinking about economic impact studies. There can’t be many in the public or not-for-profit sector who aren’t. Great artistic track record, renowned for social and community work, but what seems to get support these days? Jobs, tourism, income. Underlying philosophical arguments aside, the arts must have some kind of role to play in the flows of economic wealth, even if this isn’t or shouldn’t be, their strongest suit.

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Peer education

I have some old writing to upload before the new stuff hopefully comes! Here’s the first, it was first published here on the Arts Professional blog, July 2011.

What the hell is Peer Education? Read on.

We care what our peers, ‘people like us’, think. Amusingly, for all our noisy, 21st century, digital celebrations of individuality, our understanding of peer groups and desire for social capital has; if not grown, become more apparent. ‘People like us’ can be categorised not just by age, gender, location, income and ethnicity, but by any number of preferences and behaviours too. We can measure how habits spread through groups. If a smoker quits, by setting an example, they help friends quit too, though some are known to be more irritating about this than others. It’s not a magic wand obviously; social influence is a mysterious thing. Peer education (PE) is a way of developing peer networks for knowledge sharing or behavioural change, in comparison to a formal top-down hierarchy.

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