Published: 7th Mar 2011

Ancient cartographers had a fine way of dealing with lands beyond their knowledge. They’d write ‘here be dragons’, often accompanied by an appropriate illustration. In a world where every inch is mapped by satellite, every idea (barmy or otherwise) to be found somewhere on the internet, and more information than any of us can ever hope to assimilate, it’s strange that we default so readily to the ‘here be dragons’ mentality. Our willingness to engage with the different and the unusual can be surprisingly low – and that feeds through into the places we live in and the way we live there. In the UK, we manage to spend billions of pounds travelling the world for leisure or business and still retain an island mentality when it comes to innovation or governance. Yesterday I was involved in a workshop for council employees in Bradford looking at the role and development … (To read the full article, subscribe below)