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Corporation, n.  An ingenious device for obtaining personal wealth without personal responsibility. (Ambrose Bierce)

 It was in the early 1900s that journalist Ambrose Bierce came up with this definition, as part of his charmingly cynical ‘Devil’s Dictionary’. At the time, society was emerging from a century of staggering changes in technological progress, economic growth and social turmoil.

Mr Bierce didn’t include a definition for a co-operative business model in his dictionary, although the Rochdale Pioneers had defined and implemented this fabulous concept in 1844. They made an imaginative quantum leap: they dreamed up a business that was run by and owned by its customers and employees, so that they had a true stake in the business. 

Once again we are living in times when there is great public cynicism with big business and the banking sector in particular, and we’re heading for a period of major economic and social upheaval as unprecedented planetary changes have their effect on populations across the world.

We need some radical new ways of working and living, like the Rochdale Pioneers created – whether that is in delivering public services, or in developing businesses. Has Manchester got the talent and the chutzpah to get ahead of the curve, and become a leading centre for developing and testing bold and imaginative ways of going about our daily lives?

An exciting and varied debate about the future, at the Manchester CoMixed discussion.

A series of provocations on the scientific challenges of our time including Climate Change, Digital Economy, Ageing, Food Security and Nanotechnology. Thoughts are remixed into a cooperative production by the Manchester Beacon’s network of people, places and knowledge.

Panellists include:

  • Warren Bramley (Creative Director at Four23)
  • Dr. Martyn Amos (Principle Investigator on Nano-Info-Bio, Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Professor Remco Polman (Director of Centre for Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences, Principal Investigator Medical Research Council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Grant)
  • Professor Callum Thomas (Professor of Sustainable Aviation, Centre for Air Transport and the Environment, OMEGA, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor John Whittle (Professor of Software Engineering, Lancaster Business School)
  • Kate Bailey (Senior Research Associate, Cardiff Business School)

John Whittle is currently talking about a vision of the future where we can see into peoples minds, and understand what makes them tick. A previous ‘twitter sceptic’, John now sees twitter as an early indicator of future technology that will increase mutual understanding and relationships in society.

My favourite quote so far is from Martin Amos, and his assertion that “Bio-Hacking already happens in people’s kitchens”.

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At our Innovation Manchester event in March, the consensus was that the growth of innovation should be based on the core values that have made us what we are: Ethical; Radical; Sustainable.

In Greater Manchester today, an innovative new service launches in Stockport which exemplifies this type of work.  GM company 3 Sheep Ltd. will launch a new mobile and web service for local charity The Furniture Station. The service will allow a3 sheep mobile appgencies to refer clients in need of the charity’s furniture services directly in real-time using mobile devices such as the iPhone. The design and development of the system uses technology and techniques developed by 3 Sheep’s founder Stuart Smith. His work in new mobile technologies has been recognised with an International Innovation Award.

The system will be launched today at an event attended by Mayor of Stockport, Cllr. Pam King. The innovation will result in better use of the charity’s time, money and resources, and of course the more furniture that is reused and recycled, the better for the environment on so many levels.


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