Category Archives for Social change

Some thoughts on riding a bike in Leeds (and not being a cyclist)

Cycling in Leeds is in the news a lot at the moment.  Obviously there’s the Tour de France Grand Depart.  Then there’s the new cycle route from Leeds to Bradford.  And there are the ongoing discussions on how we can … Continue reading

10. February 2014 by Rob Greenland
Categories: Climate Change, Green issues, leeds, Social change | Leave a comment

What’s not so great about not owning a car?

I wrote last week about how we’ve got on in the two years we’ve not owned a car.  I focused on the financial angle – last year we saved £1400 compared with the year before – but it’s about much … Continue reading

19. January 2014 by Rob Greenland
Categories: Climate Change, Social change, Social innovation | Leave a comment

Leeds – a good place to build your own home?

Housing minister Mark Prisk was in Leeds today to announce a series of measures to encourage more people to build their own homes. He was visiting LILAC – an inspiring development of strawbale housing in Bramley, West Leeds – which … Continue reading

28. March 2013 by admin
Categories: Climate Change, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Leeds Empties, Mutuality, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social innovation, Social Justice | Leave a comment

What did it cost to not own a car in 2012?

Travel is in the news today – as it is every year when rail fares increase above the rate of inflation. For many of us, getting around is one of our major expenses, and whether you get from A to … Continue reading

02. January 2013 by admin
Categories: Green issues, leeds, Social change | 1 comment

A day with Bristol Together and Triodos

It’s been a busy few days. After Monday morning’s inspiring session with Muhammad Yunus I spent the afternoon with 150 others at the Empty Homes Conference. The highlight for me was listening to Dan from Revolutionary Arts – the man … Continue reading

30. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Green homes, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Social innovation Grameen style: “Look at ice-cream. The cones are edible.”

I’ve been in Nottingham this morning for a breakfast event hosted by Capital One with Professor Muhammad Yunus, the man often described as the Godfather of Social Business. Prof. Yunus is best known for Grameen – who in turn are … Continue reading

26. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Food, Grameen, Green homes, Microcredit, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 2 comments

Leeds Empties – plans for the next few months

We had some good news last week – our application to Leeds City Council’s Transition Fund was successful – which means we have £10,000 to help us to develop Leeds Empties further over the next few months. If you’ve read … Continue reading

25. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Green homes, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs | Leave a comment

Leeds Empties & The Great British Property Scandal

This one minute video, produced by Tiger Aspect, the people behind George Clarke’s Channel 4 series The Great British Property Scandal – will give you a feel for our Leeds Empties Call To Action: And let’s not forget we also … Continue reading

07. November 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs | 1 comment

Life without the car – one year on

We sold our car a year ago last week. It was a bit of an experiment, to see how we’d get on renting cars when we needed them, and getting around on foot, bike and public transport the rest of … Continue reading

25. October 2012 by admin
Categories: Climate Change, Green issues, leeds, Social change | 1 comment

Leeds Empties – we’re ready for investment

I do most of my work these days through Social Business Brokers, a social enterprise I set up a couple of years ago with Gill Coupland to bring people together to find enterprising solutions to some of our big social … Continue reading

19. September 2012 by admin
Categories: Business, Climate Change, Green homes, Green issues, leeds, Social change, Social enterprise, Social entrepreneurs, Social Justice | 1 comment

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