Hello – I’m George, the incoming chair of The Cambridge Commons.
With Jean Goodrick as vice-chair, I’m taking over the role from the formidable Stuart Weir who over the last couple of years has established us as an influential research & publishing organisation on issues of inequality and community.
We have also organised events on big issues affecting us in Cambridge, from democratic participation to the City Deal.
It’s such an important time to be involved in the life of the city. Pressures are growing on housing and health. The impacts of inequalities are ever more keenly felt.
I have a very mixed career working variously in non-profits, technology, journalism and archives. Last year I completed a fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme.
The thread that links everything I’ve done is about bridging gaps that divide us – cultural, social, economic. What motivates me is the idea of working together locally to reduce inequalities and their damaging impacts.
I’m also very interested in how we do that. What kind of leadership do we need in our city? How do we persuade others to see the benefits of less inequality?
In the next months, I’m looking forward to working with everyone involved to explore these questions. We will need to address our purpose, our vision, and how we intend to pursue it. There’s much to do.
So if you’re interested in taking part, please signal your interest on the contact page or do send me a message on Twitter @georgeweyman.