Category - Forum
Birmingham Food Council: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this city were renown for being a place where children eat well?
I suspect that the origins of the Birmingham Food Council began with this unprepared, off-the-cuff remark I made at the end of my presentation on What it takes to feed the city made at the Birmingham Sustainability Forum a year ago in September 2012:
Continue reading “Birmingham Food Council: Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this city were renown for being a place where children eat well?”
We’ve finished the presentations and broken out into table discussions to talk about the issues mentioned by each of the four speakers:
- Roger Harmer, who drew up the Birmingham Food Charter
- Kate Cooper, chair of the Birmingham Food Council
- Adrian Morley from the Food-Smart City project
- Linda Hindle, Birmingham Public Health Consultant Dietician
Continue reading “Round table discussions at Birmingham Sustainability Forum”
The underlying assumption behind the whole evening was that “saving energy” is paying less to heat our homes and is a Good Idea, that energy efficiency leads to reductions in demand. But is this so?
Oxford economist Dieter Helm in his book The Carbon Crunch suggests not.
Continue reading “Paying less to heat and power our homes – a good idea or not?”
In response to the significant and systemic inequalities in Birmingham, here’s a suggestion:
What we can do in here is invest in activities where cues for social status, high income in particular, are irrelevant. That’s not to say we’ll all be equal in such environments — far from it. We’ll have grounds for different inequalities.
And here’s why it matters, and how it might work.
Continue reading “Escaping the inequality trap: Grounds for new inequalities”
The New Optimists Forum July Update is now on-line.
The 70 or so people involved, over half of whom are regional scientists, have already made a remarkable difference — summed up in the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project Report (which contains all four of the previously published mini-reports).
Continue reading “July Update: What’s happened & what next on TNO Forum”
The fourth Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Report: What’s past is prologue: Birmingham 2050 is published today.
In it, I argue that a literal greening of our city has a major part to play in creating a Birmingham 2050 that is a huge joy to citizens as well as challenging many an outsider’s view that it’s a dire place to live and work.
Continue reading “What’s past is prologue: Birmingham 2050”
How can we explain its impact? Indeed, how can we assess its impact and value to our society?
These matters are explored in One touch of nature: The value of urban agriculture, one of the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios series.
Continue reading “One touch of nature: The value of urban agriculture”
Imagine it’s 2050. You are in London at a business meeting in the City. The other people in the room live and work in the capital. They have never met you before.
Continue reading “Marketing Birmingham 2050 . . .”
Click on the image to see the video of my TEDxWarwick talk.
The full text of is below, along with a sample of the few slides I used:
Continue reading “TEDxWarwick: Feeding the City, Feeding the Mind”
Continue reading “Birmingham’s population fed from locally-grown produce?”