Viva Brighton Issue #83 January 2020

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#83 JAN 2020

EDITORIAL

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New Year brings with it all the promise of

renewal and the chance to start over. But new

doesn’t necessarily mean better. (Consider the

residents of Brighton’s West Laine, whose entire

neighbourhood was razed to make way for the

Brutalist terraces of Churchill Square. See page 82.

I doubt they were too enamoured with ‘the new’.)

That said – judging by the state of things – it can’t

be that the old ways are always the best either.

Perhaps we need to start with a blank sheet of

paper. Rethink how we do things. Go back to the

drawing board?

In these pages, you’ll find people who are starting

from scratch, coming up with new ideas or daring

to do things differently. Championing the new is

Olga Hopton, MD of Plus X – the soon to open

Innovation Hub on Lewes Road, where hundreds

of creative thinkers will find the space to realise

their ideas. Adam Bronkhorst meets some of the

members at PLATF9RM who are already sowing

the seeds of positive change. We drop in on Free

University Brighton who organise free educational

events across the city, and visit Brighton Waldorf

School who are putting ecology and global

citizenship on the timetable. And we climb aboard

ONCA’s repurposed Humber Barge – home to

their Curiosity Club, where young people work

with science, art and technology to find solutions

to real-world problems. I’ve no doubt that they

will soon be creating the world anew.

If all that leaves you feeling inspired, it might be

time to get on board yourself. Start something up.

Share your ideas. Be part of the solution. Make

your mark.

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