Author: davidoclubb

  • Preparing for 50 degrees in Wales

    Preparing for 50 degrees in Wales

    Could 50°C in the towns and cities of Wales be liveable? (Spoiler – yes – and with a lot of strategic thought and hard work could be far nicer than our towns and cities of today. Read on to find out how 👇) Summary of suggestions For any urban area of Wales 🥵 under high…

  • Changing diet

    Changing diet

    Changing Wales’ diet There was an interesting thread on LinkedIn last week, discussing things like Wales’ relience on imported fruit and vegetables. Predominantly Brexit-related issues, but it did spark a few comments about what Wales could and should be producing. And it led me to consider whether public procurement in Wales should only incorporate vegetarian…

  • A radical digital syllabus for primary education in Wales

    A radical digital syllabus for primary education in Wales

    A radical digital syllabus for primary education in Wales I recently undertook some training on futures thinking. I was struck by the following statement about how to consider ‘futures’: Start with where you want to be, not where you’re coming from. The basis of this post is the sort of skills and confidence that I…

  • At last – a social media conference for Wales 🥳🙄

    At last – a social media conference for Wales 🥳🙄

    I was intrigued and delighted to see that a company is holding a social media conference for Wales. I’m a big fan of skilling-up in Wales, and a big fan of digital media. So, naturally, I offered my services for extolling the benefits of open source social media. I got a thumbs-up on my comment…

  • Dealing with the heat, and ‘creating’ water

    Dealing with the heat, and ‘creating’ water

    This morning it rained in Cardiff. A decent soaking. ‘Big deal’ you might think, but it’s been both (unseasonably) hot and dry for about a month. Hot and dry enough for small plants and grasses to have dried out, and for serious watering to be needed for most gardens. Hot and dry enough to make…

  • On bullies

    On bullies

    I have been bullied in two jobs during a career that has spanned more than twenty years and through a wide range of different organisations. Pretty good odds, you might think. But those two episodes, totalling around three years, were devastating for my emotional and mental health, and were the two unhappiest periods of my…

  • Assessing the intangible; parallel challenges in evaluating culture and nature

    Assessing the intangible; parallel challenges in evaluating culture and nature

    This article was first published by the Design Commission for Wales, in their 20-year anniversary publication. Culture has a uniquely defined place within Wales’ statute, being defined as one of the Well-being Goals within the Well-being of Future Generations Act [1]: A Wales of Vibrant Culture and Thriving Welsh Language: A society that promotes and…

  • Learning to learn

    Learning to learn

    I’m late to the VUCA party – the acronym was coined in 1987 to reflect Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity1. I’ve since come across it a few times in relation to the nature of society, with particular regard to the rate of change in the digital world and the natural environment. It’s hard to disagree;…

  • Remembering Mick Bates

    Remembering Mick Bates

    I was sad to read yesterday that Mick Bates, a former member of the Senedd (back when it was an Assembly) had died. I knew Mick as a tireless and brave campaigner for renewables during a time when many politicians refused to participate in the debate. It seems crazy now, in the world of climate…

  • Infrastructure and well-being in Wales

    Infrastructure and well-being in Wales

    Infrastructure is inextricably linked to well-being. Good infrastructure, well-designed and well-located, developed according to sound principles and in collaboration with the end-users, will likely produce outstanding results for a long period of time. The converse is also true. The new commentary from the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) – “Infrastructure and long-term wellbeing” –…