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.

Along with our food for thought focus on new economic thinking, our provocative video this month is Together We Can Change the Rules, from the New Economics Foundation

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

provoke15 is taking a break for the summer. Our next gathering will be on Wednesday September 11th. More information to follow.

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.

This month a couple of exciting pieces exploring new energy and creative thinking about the economy. The first, Public Finance for the Future We Want, is a collection of essays from the Transnational Institute with examples of innovative approaches from around the world - available for download here.

The second is a Guardian long read by Andy Beckett - The new left economics: how a network of thinkers is transforming capitalism

Together they offer some real food for thought about fresh approaches to creating a more just and sustainable society.

Click here to see our growing collection of food for thought