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Hello. I am a first-time poster, but have been following the discussion with interest.

What I would like is to replicate the method and approach of Maggie's Centres, for people affected by dementia.

As you probably know, Maggie's Centres are open to anyone affected by cancer, whenever they need them. Their philosophy is ' empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer ' so as 'not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.'  

If one replaces the words…

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Tourism and dementia

And some ideas from the report as to how to engage the tourism industry in York and capture its benefits. ..

• York has a range of people who provide guided tours and way-finding
services for tourists. Their services can also assist people with dementia and it may be simple to improve their understanding of what people with dementia might need. A link with Torbay Dementia Action Alliance would be useful.

• Existing websites promoting hotels, B+Bs, restaurants and shops…

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slow down!

Another idea to come out of the York report: an annual ‘Slow-down Day’ (perhaps as part of the over-50s festival) with quiet and unhurried activities, and peaceful places for reflection and social contact.Any thoughts?

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Since we launched GeniUS! York in January this year a lot has come out of the project and we wanted to share this with you and say thanks for your help in making this happen.  So far over the last 9 months:

  • Winners of Living Labs Global Awards (LLGA) for Social Innovation, for a proposal to pilot GeniUS! in Cape Town, have been invited to pilot there over next year. 
  • Shortlisted for Guardian Public Services Award for Community Engagement…
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Disappointing response from Genius team

So where has all the information from challenges 1-4 gone? All we have now is a purged summary of the 'chosen' project, in the case of transport the somewhat offbeat greenwash idea that was put forward before any public involvment was invited. If you want to convince me otherwise perhaps you might put back online the information about cycle counters and shuttle bus that was also being explored further?

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Challenge 1-4 updates @ 7th September 2012

Challenge 1: What ways can underutilised CYC assets i.e. equipment, property, buildings and land, be exploited to benefit businesses, the community and the Council?

A business case was produced by members of the innovation team and a technological solution provider. This was to outline the costs associated with the production of an asset management system which would enable City of York Council to leverage best value from its assets, the management of such a system…

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Living Labs Global Awards Update

The last week has been pretty amazing!  Neil (from the council) and I have been busy bees here in Rio after a hectic few weeks beforehand pulling together the NESTA phase 2 bid for the second phase of the Creative Councils programme. 
 
After sending off the NESTA proposal for the 26th April we packed like mad for the Living Labs Global awards, to get over to Rio in time for the ceremony on the 2nd and the summit on the 3rd may, where we had been…
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Creative York and My Proposal

York is a wonderful City full of creative and imaginative people that I have seen grow fast over the past 6 years +.

With the new Collage that opened a year after I left the old one (studying my foundation in art) a Good Uni's and York is a huge tourist trap for all over the UK and the world. I feel that its creative potential as a City and…

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It's been an intense 30 hours! Just back from Birmingham where a team of four of us went down to further develop our GeniUS York project and to share our experiences with the other 16 short listed councils on the NESTA Creative Councils project.

We got there at dinner time last night and met all the other council teams at the…

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A new use for the Guildhall buildings

As the Council will be moving out of the Guildhall buildings and in to the new West Offices a new purpose needs to be found for the Guildhall buildings.  I think this new purpose should maximise York's assets:

1. History

2. Tourists

We have Yorvik which is a nationally know centre - bringing the past alive.  I think York should bring the medieval past alive showing what it was to like to live in the northern capital.  The Guildhall buildings are ideally situated for…

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Innovation tax breaks

There are some great tax breaks for people involved in innovation.

R&D tax relief let you take a tax deduction of 225% of what you actually spend on the costs of R&D - there are a few hoops to jump through in terms of tracking your development projects and how costs tie in but this will often create a tax loss which can be swapped for a repayment of PAYE. 

The costs of setting up a lab or buying kit for an R&D project can also be tax deductible by making a special…

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Cycle counters and air quality indicators

Copenhagen have real time 'cycle counters' (with a big LCD number display) on key bike routes into the city showing the number passing that point since midnight - Could we get the bike shops in the city or a national cycling organisation to sponsor one or more of these to raise awareness of how many people cycle in York every day?

Perhaps could have a similar real time display at the entrance to park and ride sites (where there are bus lanes on the route!) saying 'next bus to the city…

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Challenge 4 focuses on expanding the work already underway to deal with the city’s transport and environmental challenges, and asks us to think of new and innovative ways to use footfall and / or transport to help generate income and improve the environmental sustainability of the city.

Think about what makes York special - its historic core and footstreets, our various tourist attractions, our great shops and cultural offer, the City Walls, river walks, 7 million tourists, our parks…

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Crinkly technology

Perhaps some of the tech could be incorporated into devices that the elderly are already familiar with - short term memory loss would prevent someone from learning how to use a new gismo, so make old-fashioned looking 'phones with hidden intelligence. Toilet seats (or stairlifts) with built-in scales. Mirrors with facial recognition (the technology for this will arrive soon, Apple have filed for several patents). Pants with temperature sensors. The last one may also need to be waterproof.

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Clementhorpe Maltings - the inside story

Today I had a guided tour of the inside of Clementhorpe Maltings and had the opportunity to discuss in length with Tim Bradley, who is the Land and Property Asset Manager in Property Services, the history of the building and potential opportunities. As promised, please see below some pictures I took.
When you walk through the entrance you immediately get a sense of the history of the place. As you walk in from main road you are presented with the buildings most impressive feature, the…

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Ideas for the lonely elderly

One of the major problems of the aging population is loneliness.  Anything that can alleviate this can only be welcomed.  How about a simple tablet PC with webcam programmed to only switch on and connect to a carer/centre so that face to face contact is possible.  If it is setup correctly it could also be remotely switched on from a centre if scheduled contact times are missed.  It could be…
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A brewery, a mesh and a tin of paint

The biggest challenge that faces anyone who is required to “innovate” is securing sufficient time to have the headspace to actually develop what might be a wandering thought into something tangible. Decorating the bathroom at home over the last few days has certainly afforded me that luxury. In the last 4 days, in my head, I’ve deliberated over the greatest questions of humanity, debated my position on a number of political issues, decided once and for all that there is no science to sport…

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Local case studies

I thought I might share with people a couple of local case studies where telecare solutions made a real difference to customers.

The first one was a lady aged 84 who suffered with dementia but did manage to live alone rather successfully. Telecare was introduced as her family were concerned that she may wander out of the property at night and not be able to get back. We installed a property exit sensor at her front door which would alert Warden Call control centre everytime the door…

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Aiding Vulnerable People

An Idea!

City of York Council has 11 Sheltered Housing Schemes.

Imagine if some of those residents could be digitally included instead of digitally excluded!

Welcome to Alex!

Alex is an computer operating system, that is specifically designed to be as simple as possible for a user and therefore getting those vulnerable communities more digitally involved.

What is Alex?…

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