The greates danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence. It is to act with yesterday's logic.

(Peter Drucker)

Stimulating different thinking and ideas through provocations and conversations - real and virtual. Disturbing the system.

Using diverse perspectives and examples of different ways of thinking and doing from around the world to stimulate fresh ways to look at the local.

Recognising that creativity needs diversity - creating new conversations by moving beyond the 'usual suspects'.


A regularly changing short video or podcast that will hopefully inspire or challenge.

Our provocation this month comes from the Centre for Homelessness Impact. It suggests that we need to find new ways to talk about homelessness to achieve the systemic change needed to have a real impact - 'change the narrative, change the system'.

Click here to see our growing collection of provocative videos


We are running a series of short provocations - provoke15 - where possible on the 15th of each month. Each session will be in a different location around Nottingham, in the early evening for an hour and a half. There will be a very brief - maximum 15 minutes - provocation - followed by open conversations. An opportunity to question, challenge, be challenged, network and explore.

Our next Provoke15

Our next provoke15 will be on Thursday October 17th at 5.00 at City Arts in Hockley. Writer, storyteller and theatre practitioner Steve Stickley will look at how we might frame a positive narrative for the future in these challenging times.

All welcome

Contact us if you want to know more or to book a place.

We also held a longer gathering - renew19 on Saturday January 10th - looking at how we support and take care of each other at the same time as cracking on - and are planning a follow up.

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of the Provoke 15 events.

Short write ups and recordings of past Provoke15 sessions are available here

For a brief description of what provoke15 is, and how to run your own, see here

food for thought

food for thought is a changing collection of articles, blogs, publications and assorted links gathered from around the world as an invitation to stimulate thinking.

Since 2012, Wigan Council has transformed its approach to delivering services, underpinned by the idea of a new and radical relationship with the public that has become known as the 'Wigan Deal'. This June 2019 report from The Kings Fund is a fascinating read with much to learn - especially for the many other Councils around the country struggling to sustain services in the face of continuing and brutal cuts to their budgets.

Click here to see our growing collection of food for thought