Reflections on environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship
At a local level, to help reduce my ecological footprint over many years I have worked with friends, neighbours and community organisations on food (Sustainable Food in Hounslow, 2007), energy and transport issues. If you want to take action why not get an allotment, join Hounslow Community Farming Association or volunteer with Cultivate London? I've encouraged developers such as ISIS to progress the initial thinking on a Brentford Renewable Energy Strategy to the next stage and supported work on the development of an Isleworth and Brentford cycling hub. All of this I believe could be supported by establishing a Brentford Business Improvement District.
Most of my time is focused on addressing sustainability issues at a regional and national level: developing the employability skills of young people as Director of Spark; and barriers that competition law presents to positive collaboration by businesses on sustainability issues. If like me you are passionate about sustainable finance then why not support the work of The Finance Innovation Lab, ICRS, UKSIF and/or PositiveMoney?
After the grim night of 7 May 2015 Federal Executive and other colleagues must think radically as we look forward.....
1) CONSIDER ALTERNATIVE LEADERSHIP MODELS
We could learn from the Greens and SNP and have a leader (perhaps one of the women MPs that lost their seats?) that is not in the Commons. This might also help address the chronic lack of diversity in our team in the Commons; and provide more capacity to reach out through the media. (This would…Continue
Posted by Andrew Dakers on May 10, 2015 at 17:00
When Cabe, now part of the Design Council, first published their latest Design Review for Brentford Waterside, Hounslow on 14 February 2013 local residents were hopeful that this once respected body would urge Ballymore and their architects to radically reconsider the density and architectural aesthetic of their scheme. Instead residents,…Continue
Posted by Andrew Dakers on May 19, 2013 at 17:30
As many of you will know, the regeneration of Brentford High Street, has been a cause close to my heart for many years. As a local councillor I convened the start-up of Brentford High Street Steering Group (BHSSG) in 2006 with cross-party support and I remain chair. In 2007 I spent a year facilitating the community participation that led to the …Continue
Posted by Andrew Dakers on November 9, 2012 at 16:00
As I reflected in a blog post last Thursday the idea that left me least convinced in the Prime Minister's speech to the BITC summit was the assertion that: "Put a young person into college for a month’s learning, unpaid – and it’s hailed as a good thing. Put a young…Continue
Posted by Andrew Dakers on February 26, 2012 at 15:30
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