What I learnt writing a book: Chapter Three

Sometimes you can see what you have learnt while you are learning it.   It is an amazing experience writing a book. It can teach you a lot. In this video I want to share what I learnt about reflecting on what you have learnt.   My new book ‘More than a Chain’ doesn’t hit

Vote for a vision

Devolution is not the only way to vote for a mayor.   I was asked to vote on a series of visions created by aspiring civic leaders. I was impressed. They all had clear aims to tackle a particular issues and had developed effective, low cost ways of implementing doing so. They had done all

2020 Peace

Following on from my recent article about Mayors for Peace, which you can read here, this is a more detailed look at the 2020 vision project that aims to abolish nuclear weapons.   It may seem like a controversial proposal given recent events but find out why it makes a lot of sense.   For

Time for peace

In an instant, a city was reduced to a desolate wasteland.   In a moment, tens of thousands of people lost their lives.   In a heartbeat, the world was changed.   There are few moments in history that have almost immeasurable impact. The bombing of Hiroshima is one of them. Sunday marked the 72nd

Are you cheating?

  Life’s not fair. Other mayors have more skills that you. Other council chairs have more contacts than you. Other civic leaders receive more support than you.   They’re using their unfair advantage. They’re cheating. Why aren’t you?

Mayors in Parliament

As the dust settles on the general elections I thought it would be good to take a look at the crop of civic leaders that have made it into parliament.   Former Mayors stepped up to the ballot box in the four corners of the nation, from Birmingham to Yorkshire, from London to Cheshire. They

Hundredth Mayor

Jon Cousins is lucky man.   Firstly, he’s Mayor of Glastonbury. Secondly, he’s a vegan.   He’s lucky because Glastonbury caters well for vegetarians and vegans. I recently ate at one of my wife’s favourite Glastonbury restaurants, The Hundred Monkeys. Not only was the food absolutely wonderful I also found out where it got its

developing a vision

Are you a real mayor?

Really?   It is not often that I disagree with speakers after they’ve finished their presentation.   I had a long discussion with someone who had just got of a stage I was on earlier this week.   He seemed to think that being authentic meant saying whatever came to mind. That you could subject

It’s OK to feel this way

Really?   I was talking to someone who is in line to become mayor of her town in a year or two. She was seriously thinking about saying no to the job because she didn’t think that she was worthy of the office.   Knowing her as I do, I was quite surprised. She offers