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.

Julia Unwin challenges us with the radical idea of putting kindness at the heart of public policy.

A Carnegie UK report written by Julia Unwin - Kindness, emotions and human relationships: the blind spot in public policy - explores these ideas in more detail and can be found in our food for thought pages.

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

Our next provoke15 will be on Tuesday February 11th 2020, with Megan Shore from Ignite Futures - this provocation will be a contribution to the Nottingham Festival of Science and Curiosity

All welcome! .

Contact us if you want to know more or to book a place.

We are also planning a Saturday morning event - renew20 in early 2020. It will be an opportunity to relax, refresh and renew - taking care of ourselves and each other - as we reflect on recent events and prepare for the challenges ahead.

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.

A new report from the Carnegie Trust looking at how 9 different towns across the UK are using the concept and practice of the 'enabling state' to improve wellbeing in their communities.

Click here to see our growing collection of food for thought