Sheffield University has stepped up its role within the city since austerity cuts hit the council. ‘Professor Vanessa’ – academic and circus director - has been appointed to head up the university’s engagement with the city, and talks to New Start about maker culture, creativity and running a city like a circus
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My fundamental question is as follows: is social enterprise, as a mechanism which operates using the basics tenets of capitalism, able to adequately provide solutions to social problems? Furthermore, is it even a model which has the robustness to survive into the future while meeting its triple bottom line?
Sheffield is rich in industrial heritage, outdoor life, independent thinking, creativity and community. Here's ten of the city's best ideas for change:
At a time when big is seen as better, ‘Little Sheffield’ is pioneering a new approach to local economics in the city that built its fortune on the small. Gareth Roberts reports.
The language of the Northern Powerhouse is still about attracting investment to the north, building them roads so that other foreign corporations can truck their goods more easily in and out, and a little will trickle down and stay put. There is a supplicant element to the economic language about devolving powers to the north still, despite the powerhouse clothing. It is dependent.
Sheffield's city centre is a sorry sight after plans for its redevelopment fell apart during the recession. The city now has the choice of another top-down retail scheme or opting for a slower, community-led approach, says Nigel Slack
Two recent examples in Sheffield show how social media can quickly mobilise and energise people’s opposition and stiffen their resolve to challenge an apparently indifferent planning system.
There are numerous challenges for the would-be co-houser however, from finding land or buildings and groups of like-minded people, through to building, financing and developing the project.
It’s easy to become jaded about the media. To consider it to be manipulative and cynical. To disengage. Hardly surprising, then, to see the groundswell of support for a new campaign, "Let's Own the News" which launched this week and is inviting pledges from people who like the idea of buying The Times and The Sunday Times from Rupert Murdoch.