Category Archives: innovation and disruption

BuddyHub: Why We Do What We Do

There’s something particularly nice about having launched the BuddyHub pilot in Islington as its the place I’ve called home for almost 23 years (OK for 8 years I was just over the border in Hackney but I’m not going to … Continue reading

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Is once a week enough for you?

We’re talking about meeting friends of course, nothing else! And in particular, is meeting up with a friend for an hour or so a week often enough for anyone? That’s the schedule many older people are allocated in traditional befriending schemes to … Continue reading

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Old and Lonely? Of course you are!

‘Forget sex, or politics or religion – loneliness is the subject that clears out a room’: so says Douglas Coupland a novelist who knows a thing or two about our postmodernist society having popularised the terms ‘Generation X’ and ‘McJob’.  … Continue reading

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Howay 5-0! (as the Geordies would say)

Apparently you go to bed at the age of 49 years and 364 days as your good old self. When you wake up on your 50th birthday everything has mysteriously changed overnight. The great divide to being older is apparently … Continue reading

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Need a solution to a difficult problem? – lock some smart people in a room until they find it

This week I attended ‘The Age of No Retirement’ 3-day event in Manchester.  Time is always short when you’re working on a start-up so taking 3 days out is a big commitment but boy was it worth it. This growing … Continue reading

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What happens when you mix innovation, technology and social care?

On Monday I attended an event organised by Wayra called Technology in Social Care: Innovation in adversity . A great debate ensued amongst the interesting speakers. Shirley Ayres believes the current care market is not fit for purpose and needs … Continue reading

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We’re all ageing so let’s make it positive!

Recently, I attended an event called ‘Successful Cities, Positive Ageing’ run by the ‘UK Age Friendly Cities Network’ and ‘Positive Ageing in London’. The event marked the launch of a report called ‘An Age Friendly City – how far has … Continue reading

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