Join me tomorrow for my next Our Stories digital business models webinar

Excited to say that I’m interviewing Beth Maiden of Little Red Tarot and Lizzie Spikes and Becky Barratt of Driftwood Designs tomorrow. This follows on from the interview and Q and A I did last week with the amazing Shann Jones of Chuckling Goat. Each interview looks at the experience of local entrepreneurs who have…

Join me on the 19th June at the RSA Virtual Coffeehouse

If you want to have your say about equitable housing join me and Good with Money co-founder Becky O’Connor at the RSA Virtual Coffeehouse event on the 19th June. Usually these events are held in London in the RSA offices so it’s very exciting to be able to take part from Wales. Becky and I…

The moths of Machynlleth

I turned 50 in April and my house mates in the housing coop I live in bought me a moth trap for my birthday. This was an incredibly special moment for me as fifteen years ago I wrote a book about moths called Curious Incidents in the Garden at Night-time. Yes, I was under the…

Cycling the Liberation Coast

On this special day I wanted to share a short film I made during the second day of my first cycle tour of Europe, which started along the Liberation Coast of Normandy. This seemed to me the right place to start an exploration of our relationship with Europe and I spent many subsequent days exploring…

UK Cohousing Network launch online ‘cafe’

The UK Cohousing Network have started up an online cafe and are going to be serving up some food for thought every Monday lunchtime during May. First one will be on Monday 11th at 12.30pm. Details on their website. I’ll be there excited to hear what Simon Bayly from Copper Lane Cohousing has to say.

What happens after Lockdown? My new RSA blog offers some ideas.

Everyone is saying the world will never be quite the same again after Lockdown but its still up to us to make the changes we want to see. I’ve written a blog for the RSA about the role community housing can play in the new reality. You can find it here.

Lockdown stories from a housing co-op

I live in a housing co-op in Machynlleth, mid-Wales and work as a community housing enabler for the Wales Co-operative Centre. Usually I travel around Wales meeting different community groups who want to create their own housing projects. Now that we’re in lockdown I’m learning how to deliver what I do through other mediums. So…

Ten days that took the world

Pleased to say that my blog  Ten days that took the world has now been published by the Institute of Welsh Affairs. I wanted to write about the rural experience of Covid-19, community and leadership. I live in the small town of Machynlleth mid-Wales and the community was very quick to act, creating an inspiring…

Powys Cohousing Talk in Machynlleth this evening, 26th June

Event: Mach Speak, Y Plas, Machynlleth, 26th June 6pm-7.30pm Allan Shepherd is the first person in Wales to be employed by a local authority to facilitate the development of cohousing projects. Supported by the Welsh government through the Integrated Care Fund, and working with Powys County Council and the Wales Co-operative Centre, he’ll be meeting…