The greatest 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.

To accompany our May 2021 provocation from Prof Donna Hall - the Chair of New Local - is this short animation by New Local about community power.

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.

In October 2020 we restarted a programme of virtual provoke15

Our next Provoke15

Our next provoke15 will be in June - when we will be giving the space back to the current Future Leaders of Nottingham cohort. More information to follow.

Please also Contact us to discuss any ideas you may have for future provocations.

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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.

Our food for thought this month, to coincide with this month's provoke15 with Donna Hall is this 2021 report from New Local.

It explores community power and what it looks like - across the UK and internationally - and analyses existing evidence of the impact of community power.

Click here to see our growing collection of food for thought