Media Mayor: September 2017

Sadly missed   This month saw the passing of Jerry Williams, first black mayor of Camden. We should never forget that as civic leaders we stand on the shoulders of great mayors. In his day Jerry modernised the role and made it more relevant to his community.   We should remember pioneers like Jerry.  

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

Alex Maskey: Mayor of the Month

Doing it the right way.   Alex Maskey used his chain to unite his community. That’s what all civic leaders should do, they should bring their communities together. So maybe we should be surprised that’s what he did. But then again, for Alex bring his community together was a matter of life or death.  

Bang that drum

  Banging your drum. Blowing your trumpet. Sounding your horn.   Call it what you like, PR gets results. From selling tickets to getting support to spreading awareness the right kind of PR can have a big impact on what you are doing.   But the way most people set out to do it is

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

Post holiday crunch

It’s September. You’re back from holiday and all you want to do is flop.   Taking a holiday is great. It relaxes you, it refreshes you and it has a massive effect on your general wellbeing. But how do you get back up to speed after all that time off?   Having just spent three

Media Mayor

The One Mayor   The high point of the month was seeing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim on The One Show. Mind you I would rather they weren’t wearing robes but no doubt the producers thought they would look more “mayoral” in their robes.   What I thought was interesting

Takeshi Araki: Mayor of the Month

August is Mayors for Peace month. At the start of the month we marked the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sadly, some politicians failed to notice this as they were too busy posturing about their nuclear prowess.   I can only hope they see some sense and learn some lessons from