Brains Wanted! By Will Ashworth

Yes, that’s right you read correctly. We want your brain, and we want it to come up with an idea that could change the place in which we live for the better. This is because, if you didn’t know already, this year’s Make:Shift is fast approaching – Wolverhampton’s IDEAS festival!

Have you ever wondered about how Wolverhampton could be improved? Or thought about undertaking a community project, but haven’t known how you would start such a thing? It’s probably safe to say we all have, but short of knocking on doors and running for election, it could seem like there is little you could do about it.

That’s where Make:Shift comes in. It is your chance to pitch your idea to those in our community that share your determination.


But how does it work? I hear you cry.

Well, Make:Shift is run as an ‘unconference’. This means that there is no pre-set agenda, meaning it is all decided on the day. If you have an idea, you can pitch it to the room and after that it can be discussed, mulled over, pulled apart, and put back together again all on the same day! This might sound a bit daunting, but remember that everyone has the same goal as you do – to make our city a better place. You may even be able to find people with similar ideas and collaborate with them to turn them into a reality.


You may also be asking, if don’t have an idea, is my brain useless?

Well, no! If you are interested in what Make:Shift is all about then you are more than welcome to come along and listen to everyone’s ideas, and throw in your own if you get some last minute inspiration. Added to which, there will also be free food and drinks provided. Woo hoo!

What to do next –

This year Make:Shift will be held on October 15 10:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. at the Old School, Dudley Road, Blakenhall.

You can get your free ticket here.


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