Urbanistas Cardiff - Expo Meet Up #10
Urbanistas Cardiff - Expo Meet Up #10

Urbanistas Cardiff - Expo Meet Up #10

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The Sustainability Studio

Unit 7 Curran Rd

Cardiff, United Kingdom

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Urbanistas Cardiff Expo September 2016 meet-up.

Did you know that Urbanistas is a worldwide network? Find out more about UrbanistasUK here

If you are interested in meeting like-minded women, sharing and hearing about iinnovative deas that help make people and cities thrive, maybe you want advice and help with a project or idea, or maybe you are simply curious – please come along to our next Urbanistas Cardiff Expo meet-up.

We launched two years ago and have been meeting once a month since, alternating between casual socials and 'Expos', and innovative trips out and about including inspirational TED Talks. The Expo is a chance for people to pitch an idea or project to the group, a safe environment where you can valuable feedback. We have heard some exciting projects pitched so far - a speed coaching day; an urban sharing shop; and the creation of an online social, learning and commercial space for homeworkers are some examples.

This Expo, we have:

Ffion Jones - @FfionEJones122

We're all failures. How about failing together? We are all failures. An honest truth we should spend some time with.

What might happen if we learned from our failures? And if we gave ourselves the chance to learn again and again, accepting that the world is a work in progress. That progress is what we all crave, with huge effort poured in to creating change plans to solve problems. What if there was a simple way to make significant progress, to heighten our performance at all levels of society - but it took real courage to do it?

Failures provide us all with a rich seam of quality information. What is surprising, shocking even, is how little we actually learn from our mistakes. So why don't we change? The urge to put errors behind us and move on to the next project is so compelling, understandably so, that precious opportunities to make the most significant changes readily available are lost, time and again.

Now, what would be the power of sharing these failures and insights across, for example, an industry for the betterment and progress of that industry and its members? A laying bare of honest truths about significant failures and what key lessons companies have applied and seen success from.

This could give businesses a chance to step up and be transparent about their mistakes, with a view to learning from each other for the greater good and to improve their own performance where it counts. This level of honesty would not only be refreshing, it could be revolutionary.

The idea is to pilot a failure conference in Cardiff for Wales and South West, bringing companies together to share their real experience of failure and the critical lessons and wisdoms which have been applied successfully from those. This is at the concept stage so I am seeking ideas, input and challenge.


Siwan Blockwell – Good Thing Creative

http://goodthingcreative.com/   @goodthingcreate

Siwan is co-founder of Good Thing Creative, a project, events and marketing management company for the creative industries.  Siwan is bilingual, PRINCE 2 and MBA qualified, and has worked with a range of high profile clients across the creative industries including: Acapela Records, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Catrin Finch.

Siwan is also the founder of SWB Artists, a Cardiff-based booking agency with a burgeoning roster from across the UK. Working collaboratively with various music management, and record labels, Siwan has established a firm network and grounding in the music industry.

Prior to working in the creative industries, Siwan was a successful programme / project manager, and management consultant working for one of the UKs leading consultancies.


A major survey entitled 24 Hour Culture will launch next month for a snapshot of how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives in Cardiff and across the surrounding nine local authorities of the City region. Respondents will be asked what cultural activities they have taken part in during one 24-hour period, from midday on Friday 21 to midday on Saturday, October 22.

The short questionnaire is set to celebrate events, venues, organised activities and clubs that respondents might have attended.  The survey is also interested in hearing about interests that people undertake, sometimes without even consciously identifying them as cultural, which might include reading a book or watching a film, to hearing music or writing poetry.

We are looking for organisations operating across the arts, including community and voluntary organisations, to promote this survey via their networks in order for us to capture as many stories as possible. 


Helen Farmer - Bristol Urbanistas

Diverse City Network and Events
•Locally and globally sourced opportunities to accelerate #AccelerateDiversity
•Starting with events and a community - online and in person, we curate and create new, shared spaces for bigger collaboration and co-creation, especially for under-represented groups.
•We work on Big Picture, shared goals and actions, open across sectors.

Who do we work with?
•Diverse City People - Connectors, the people who serve and support under-represented groups, and communities at grass-roots
•and the people, businesses, cities who need to listen, reach and include them.

What do we do?

Facilitated Dinners and Events - intimate kitchen table conversations at diverse locations across the city (Bristol)

Speakers - Firstly work with real role models - people and organisations tackling big world challenges locally and globally.

Partners/Suppliers - Build on existing experience and expertise of groups, suppliers, partners e.g. having young people in Babbasa Scheme help manage and staff the event; having @91Ways partner for the event; having Frank Water partner the event - raises profile of the amazing work already going on both through live events and on an online platform.

Diversity Trust

Bristol and Bath Regional Capital



Ujima Radio and their Diversity and Creativity work

And communities

Urbanistas UK

Escape the City


Why are we different?

This is about helping people help themselves - empowering both individuals at grass-roots, as well as empowering people in organisations and cities to improve their workplace culture

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