Barry Island Ideas Banks

Barry people's stories

Behind every idea is a story. Every 3 months the Barry Ideasbank will be providing the opportunity for inspiring local people to share their stories on what they are doing to make Barry even better.

Seven inspirational local heroes marked the re-launch of the Barry IdeasBank on Monday October 20th at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry.

The speakers included:

• Penni Carr who devises creative ways to make it fun for babies and children to learn Welsh
• David Cole talking about the heroic efforts of Barry Town United football supporters, who rallied the local community and the wider football family to take on the might of the Welsh Football Association to keep their club alive
• Friends of Barry beaches who organize monthly clean-ups of Barry’s beaches
• Kate Long of the Memo Arts Centre who is working to create a new state-of-the-art cinema for Barry
• Stonehouse Mugalaval who enables Barry people to help an orphanage in his Kenyan homeland
• Elwyn Toozer who led a campaign to save his local bus service from closure.

Previous speakers have included:
•Ted Arbuthnot - how Barry helped revolutionize NHS eye care
•Stas Asprou - celebrating his father, the late John Aspou’s 50 year hairdressing legacy to Barry
•Dot Connell - bringing the arts to Barry.
•Hannah Fitt - thinking globally, acting locally
•John Haskell - rowing the Atlantic and many more adventures.
•Chris Jennings - my granddad - a FA Cup Final hero in 1923
•Simon Martin - Barry’s international beer expert
• The Barry Town Football Club Supporters Club on how they saved their football club.
• Hilary Brown who promotes celebrating Jamaican culture and pride in Barry
• Tony Hopkins whose butchers shop bags are photographed all around the world by his customers.
• Paul Rebane, local school teacher and lead singer with soul band Dansette
• Claire Scantlebury from Barry Island on how she connects with some of the world’s greatest thinkers
• Marco Zeraschi on the incredible story of worldwide fame
Ade Pitman of the Barry at War group.


Ice Cream to the stars

Posted by Barry Ideas Bank (Admin) Feb 4, 2013

Marco Zeraschi shares, in his own inimitable style, the story of his family and a certain Gavin & Stacey at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

Claire Scantlebury introduces how she connects with great thinkers around the world at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

(Apologies: we only have 1 minute of Claire's presentation)

Hilary Brown shares her personal insight into Barry's rich heritage - and all things Jamaican at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

A passionate plea at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012 on why you should support your local football team.

Gareth Bickerton of leading charity UnLtd. supporting social entrepreneurs in the community at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

A museum for Barry

Posted by Barry Ideas Bank (Admin) Feb 4, 2013

Ade Pitman shares the passion for creating a local Heritage Centre at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

Paul Rebane, lead singer with top sould band Dansette shares the story behind his love of soul music at Barry Kucha #1 November 2012

(Apololgies for the poor sound quality in the first part of Paul's presentation.)

Tony Hopkins of Vic Hopkins Butchers at Barry Kucha November 2012

We're a charity - and we are serving the community

Katie's idea for a bowling alley

Posted by Barry Ideas Bank (Admin) Jan 11, 2013

Katie would like to see a bowling alley and cinema in Barry

Here Barry Island resident and founder of the Your Ideas Bank shares his idea for an Eco Theme Park for Barry Island with a sea world centre and exhibition hall on environmental issues

Hilary Brown celebrates Barry's cultural diversity

Alun Oliver's ideas for the Barry Memorial Hall

Watch Ade Pitman's giving us his ideas for a Barry at War Centre.

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from?

With Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson pairs the insight of his bestselling Everything Bad Is Good for You and the dazzling erudition of The Ghost Map and The Invention of Air to address an urgent and universal question: What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

Beginning with Charles Darwin's first encounter with the teeming ecosystem of the coral reef and drawing connections to the intellectual hyperproductivity of modern megacities and to the instant success of YouTube, Johnson shows us that the question we need to ask is, What kind of environment fosters the development of good ideas? His answers are never less than revelatory, convincing, and inspiring as Johnson identifies the seven key principles to the genesis of such ideas, and traces them across time and disciplines.

Most exhilarating is Johnson's conclusion that with today's tools and environment, radical innovation is extraordinarily accessible to those who know how to cultivate it. Where Good Ideas Come From is essential reading for anyone who wants to know how to come up with tomorrow's great ideas.


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