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.

The Doughnut is a concept developed by Kate Raworth that challenges us to think about how we might meet the needs of all people within the means of the living planet.

The Thriving Cities Initiative have just published a practical guide - Creating City Portraits - for downscaling the concept of the doughnut to the scale of the city.

In this video, Kate introduces the guide, and starts the conversation about how we might answer the question

'How can our city be a home to thriving people, in a thriving place, while respecting the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet?'

Click here to see our growing collection of provocative videos


Our first provoke15 was in February 2018, and we continued with one a month up until lockdown in March 2020. They followed a common format of a very brief - maximum 15 minutes - provocation - followed by open conversations. An opportunity to question, challenge, be challenged, network and explore.

Our next Provoke15

The Effects of Oppression: Learning to Listen

We are now dipping our toes into the virtual world, and on Monday October 5th, between 4.00 and 5.00pm, will be holding our first provoke15 since we last met in March.

Join us for an interactive provocation and exploration with Dr Monica Moreno Figueroa, a sociology lecturer at Cambridge University and international anti-racist activist.

Contact us for more information or book your place (please note that numbers are strictly limited and pre-booking is essential)

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.

We are currently sharing three different reports - from the Young Foundation, the Relationships Project, and from Community Catalysts and the Local Area Coordination Network - each of which has something important to say about communities, civil society, and our responses to the Coronavirus and lockdown.

Click here to see our growing collection of food for thought