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Real Ideas and One Planet Living

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As the UK and more of the Western World begins the long road out of lockdown, Real Ideas is looking hard at what lessons and even benefits it has brought to our lives and to our environment. Alongside the Black Lives Matter protest and campaigns, and responding to the Covid 19 crisis, we’ve all had our own experience of changed…

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Today and tomorrow cannot be business as usual.

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This week has been an intense and emotional one. I, like many of you, witnessed American woman Amy Cooper weaponize her white privilege and then almost simultaneously watched George Floyd, another innocent black man die due to police brutality , moving thousands of people across the US and the world  to protest in response to continual systemic racism-  all against…

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‘There is nothing so strong as an idea whose time has come’

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‘There is nothing so strong as an idea whose time has come.’ – Maya Angelou Following our recent ‘Imagining the Future Normal’ webinar looking at education post-lockdown, Real Ideas Project Lead and former headteacher Gary Futcher reflects on the way ahead. Schools and teachers and support staff have had it tough. They’ve had to adjust to the new lockdown world, turning on…

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We want to make your Ideas Real

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At Real Ideas, that is what we are all about. Real Ideas. Not just ours, but yours too. We are a social enterprise based in the West Country undertaking a diverse range of activities with an overall aim to change the world for the better. That means we are used getting stuck in, making a difference to the individuals and…

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We are seeking a Marketing Professional to deliver online content to participants on the Ambitions programme

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The Real Ideas Organisation is seeking a Marketing Professional to deliver online content and mentor young people in Cornwall on the Ambitions programme. Fee: £700 Real Ideas Organisation has a commission opportunity available for a Marketing professional to deliver online sessions to benefit young people aged 15-24 in Cornwall who are interested in becoming self-employed along with providing some 1:1 professional mentoring support. You will have experience working within the marketing sector and…

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Introducing Bluff Its – Giving parents the edge in the home-schooling stakes

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We know how hard it is to balance home working with home schooling, struggling to get kids focused so that you can get on yourself! Add to that a handy dose of floundering with skills you’re not sure of and the whole experience can leave you feeling, well, less than expert. That’s where Bluff It can help. This series features short videos…

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Call for proposals – Plymouth Art Weekender 2020

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Apply to be a part of Plymouth Art Weekender 2020! As part of Plymouth Art Weekender 25th, 26th, 27th September, 
Real Ideas are seeking proposals from forward thinking artists and makers to create experiences in our Ocean Studios and Devonport Guildhall sites through the festival.The Plymouth Art Weekender is an annual city-wide event, celebrating and supporting visual arts in the…

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Does COVID provide a moment to re-evaluate our education system – to future (and virus) proof it?

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Real Ideas co-founder Matt Little, on the future of education, one month into lockdown…   I was struck by this headline in The Guardian last week: Education hit hardest as coronavirus batters UK economy The fallout from the coronavirus crisis will affect certain sectors of Britain’s economy harder than most, according to analysis by the government’s independent economics watchdog (the…

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Food and shelter remain the most important factors for survival, but in 21st century Britain, access to the internet is running a close second.

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Lindsey Hall, on what we’ve learnt one month on from lockdown… This Thursday, 23rd April is one of those dates we’d probably all prefer to forget. It is now one month since lockdown began, a strange anniversary, not least because no-one knows if this is the beginning of the end, the end of the beginning or just a moment in…

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Don’t have the kit or connectivity to access the internet during lockdown? Don’t worry, we can help.

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Government stats suggest 1.9 million people in the UK have no access to the internet. With most of the places with public access computers – libraries, job centres and community centres – closed as a result of the lockdown, there are millions of people for whom accessing aid, applying for Universal Credit, learning online or connecting with friends and loved…

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Business is our business

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None of us need reminding of how tough the current crisis is for business. However, with creativity, agility and entrepreneurialism, there are still opportunities, with plenty of work to do. Social and creative enterprise is firmly rooted in the knowledge of economy, and while we might not be able to sell weddings, coffees or cakes for the time being, there…

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Market Hall in Devonport

Kitchen Designer required for Market Hall

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Real Ideas is looking for a Kitchen Designer to carry out the technical design, supply and installation of the kitchen facility at their development on Duke Street, Devonport. The deadline for tender submissions is midday, Friday 6th March, with the selection of preferred supplier week commencing Monday 9th March. Initialisation meeting is set to take place W/C 9th March (TBC)….

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Transcending Prison Walls

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It’s not often that an exhibition fits so perfectly with our space in the Cells at Devonport Guildhall. Anna Goodchild’s final photography degree project, One Year: Transcending Prison Walls, opened on Monday 1st of July and is a poignant look at prison life examined via letters received from a friend & local preacher during his one-year incarceration in 2016 for…

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Our Engine Room Journey

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Over the last 10 or so years, where at the Real Ideas Organisation have a developed a track record of getting involved with and delivering projects with an emphasis on helping develop businesses of all sizes with values at the heart of what they do. Our most recent foray into this arena west of the Tamar was the Engine Room;…

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