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


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

Following the development of Coronavirus and the advice for social distancing, we have decided to pause provoke15 gatherings for a while.

The planned provoke15 for Wednesday March 18th 2020, with Matt Henn, Professor of Social Research at Nottingham Trent University - Are the older generation failing younger people - and what can we do about it? - has been posted here as a short video.

We are thinking about ways to keep the provoke15 community connected online during this time - any thoughts welcome!

Contact us if you have any ideas to share or want to know more.

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 we are 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