Yes, this blog is still alive. Apologies for the long absence (or silence). And apologies for the delays in putting through ideas.
Essentially, this is because the Global Ideas Bank is undergoing what is often diplomatically termed a "period of transition". The umbrella organisation of the GIB, the Nicholas Albery Foundation is putting the majority of its resources and assets behind our sister project, the marvellous and world-changing Natural Death Centre. The GIB will have no dedicated staff member.
As a result, the intention is to migrate the GIB towards being an independent, community-owned/run organisation. It is this process that I have been working on, and which has reduced my blogging activity. This will have two strands to it:
• volunteer-run administration of ideas/updates from within the GIB community (and volunteers writing and editing the blog: add a comment if you wish to throw your hat in the ring)
• separating the assets associated with other aspects of the GIB's work from the Foundation over a period of time (months), led by a UK-based working group (which are in the process of forming)
The good news is that there is significant momentum from many people for the GIB and its work to continue, and there are people prepared to commit time to the cause. Although I am also leaving the Foundation to move on to pastures new myself, I will provide updated information here on the blog as to how things are going (and maybe even find the time to blog about social invention, ideas and creativity) over the next couple of weeks.
It's an exciting time for the GIB, but I feel confident about its future: in many ways, this move towards community-ownership and community-led strategy embodies everything that the project stands for: democracy, accessibility, and the empowerment of individuals.