From Britain to British Guiana

This is the second of two posts that record stories told by my great grandmother of her life in British Guiana. For an explanation, and background, read the first post. My From Britain to British Guiana Mary Christina Spence A short time ago I told you about my life and experiences in British Guiana, but […]

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Researching makerspaces

Together with colleague Hannah Stewart, I’ve just started working on a new research project for Nesta. Our objective is to map the current state of makerspaces in the UK, to provide a resource for people running a makerspace (or thinking about starting one), for researchers, policy makers and users.

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99U Podcast: Gabe Weinberg on Getting Traction

A solid episode of the 99u podcast, featuring Gabe Weinberg,  tackling that dilemma faced by anyone who makes (product, art, software – anything that;s intended for an audience): As a maker, you’d probably much rather be creating than selling. But, as we all know, marketing your work is just as important as making it. So how can we […]

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Somewhere to_ create

I’ll be on a panel tonight with a bunch of smart people working in the creative/culture world, talking about the paths we took to get to where we are today. My path has been meandering, and rarely well-mapped in advance. I hope that will be some consolation to the young people in the audience, who […]

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Marketing != Advertising

I love this line (emphasis mine) about marketing too often ending after purchase. It encapsulates something that I’ve always found frustrating about how many people try to connect people with products (or brands, or creative endeavours). So often, it’s just shouting at those people about your product. The other powerful question a marketer can ask […]

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