Energy and Inspiration

Energy and inspiration were available in seemingly limitless supplies as over 60 people turned up to enjoy Wolverhampton’s Annual Ideas Festival, Make:Shift.

Participants were treated to an exclusive launch of Crowdfund Wolves, Wolverhampton’s brand new crowdfunding platform. They learnt that any project can be submitted that improves places and spaces in the city and that already four funders have lined up to back projects in Wolverhampton.


Kirsty Kenny from Spacehive launches Crowdfund Wolves

We were lucky to have Diana Vogtel from Eden Communities at the event. She talked about the link between getting involved in your community and being happy.


Diana Vogtel from Eden Communities

We also had local musician and artist, Alex Vann, uniting us all in a participative and lively performance. Alex performs his own material about local characters, current and historical, and he encouraged us to join in with him, even teaching us some British Sign Language along the way. His performance culminated in renditions of George Harrison’s ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and Yusuf Islam’s ‘Wild World’.


Alex Vann in full flow

Alex challenged Make:Shift participants to become his choir and, as you can see from the picture below, quite a few of us rose to the challenge.


The Make:Shift Community Choir

The rest of the day was action packed as people discussed ideas that they would like to turn into reality in more detail. We’ll be sharing these with you as they develop, suffice to say at this stage that there is no shortage of brilliant community ideas in the city.

Indeed many of these were showcased throughout the day, including the Real Junk Food Cafe; Maker-Centric, the Zero Waste Project and Action For Happiness.


The Real Junk Food Cafe


The Zero Waste Project



Participants had the opportunity to take part in some Qi Gung energy exercises or watch inspirational TED videos.

All in all it was an amazing day, fuelled by the inspiration and creativity of the people in attendance. It will be fascinating to watch the various ideas come to fruition over the coming months.

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