Author Archives: dianesims

#Notwestminster 2017: and breathe

On the Saturday morning of Notwestminster 2017, we heard an extraordinary talk from 15 year old Emily Warrillow. Continue reading

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Notwestminster 2016 – at the still point of the soundscape (EP)

At the intersection of our conversations about local governance, open data, personal experience and civic tech, Notwestminster has created a space in which we can make things happen and find ways to improve our local democracy. Continue reading

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22 things you said that I won’t forget (from #localgovcamp 2015 & #LDMaker15)

I’ve been away from LocalGovCamp for five years. But this time I made it. Here are your little voices in my head telling me that there’s much to be done and not to be afraid of doing it… Continue reading

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My #notwestminster journey

On Saturday 7th February 2015 I helped to bring around 80 people together in Huddersfield for Local Democracy for Everyone – We’re not in Westminster any more. This blog is about how (and why) I got here… Continue reading

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Empty windowsills

May is the season of empty windowsills. Every surface in the house that’s within reach of daylight has been crammed full of plant pots and seed trays for weeks. Now these hundreds of young plants and seedlings have been given … Continue reading

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The grey and the green

It was perhaps 1981 when I collected the furry little silver catkins from the willow tree in our garden and put them in a tiny metal tin that has a hinged lid bearing a picture of Mr Strong. I’ve investigated … Continue reading

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April rhythm

Another April almost over. All our potatoes are finally in the ground. The rows are probably a bit wonky, as ever. But we are into our stride. We’ve caught up with April’s rhythm. And I’m stepping on quietly through another … Continue reading

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