Talking Heads

Next Meeting:

Wednesday 11th April at 19.30 – 21.00

Leeds: Cradle of Innovation – still rocking!
A discussion led by
Dr Rachel Unsworth,
Urban Geographer

For centuries, Leeds has nurtured economic, social and cultural innovation. Leeds people brought in new products and processes during the industrial revolution and are leading the digital revolution of today. What is the nature of innovation, past, present and future?

Rachael will be joined by people who are blazing the innovation trail in Leeds today:

Abhay Adhikari – who leads the Urban Sustainable Development Lab and the global Digital Identities programme powered by Google News Lab.

Rich Daley (aka Fish Percolator) – full-stack software developer, member of USDL and Duke Studios

Carole Clark, Ageing Well Officer, Older People, Long Term Conditions & Cancer, LCC – who will say how innovation will help to make Leeds the best city to grow old in.

Rachael Unsworth is co-authoring a new book with local historian Steve Burt: Leeds: Cradle of Innovation. The book showcases engineers, commercial and social entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists and contributors to the visual and performing arts.

This event is held in conjunction with Leeds Civic Trust

Talking Heads at HEART

is a monthly gathering where expert speakers bring a mixed Headingley audience up to date on current issues in society. The speakers are often drawn from local university departments or similar organisations and their talks are followed by a series of comments and questions from the audience.

Talking Heads at HEART is an initiative between HDT and HEART. It benefits the community of Headingley and beyond and aims to stimulate, inform and enliven.

Recent topics include:

• Have things got better for women?
• Understanding homelessness
• Social cohesion, resilience, and community mediation
• What does culture mean to Leeds?
• The housing crisis- and how people power can solve it
• Ethics in business,
• Can we solve poverty?
• Unemployment, jobs and new technology

All welcome

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We meet in HEART at 7.30 on the second Thursday of each month, except August – suggested donation £3-5.

After a [usually lively!] discussion on the issues raised people often repair to the HEART Cafe or local bar.

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