Crowd Wise Ingenious Project: Transport Event Report – 6th December 2011

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had the time or pleasure to write a newsletter, however brief, so I’m delighted to attach our Report on Crowd Wise Ingenious Transport event Sheffield 061211 for RAE Ingenious funded Transport event.

PLUS a reminder that our Transport event follow-up meeting is 3pm, Thursday 26th January at OneEleven Building, Sheffield Hallam University – building opposite TJ Hughes at Castle Market. Although it’s free, donations appreciated – whatever you want to pay – to help with costs.

This project has opened my eyes to the vital role engineers play in our society as they quietly go about their day-to-day work.

I feel deeply honoured, as a lay person, to have had access to so many influential engineers from all disciplines. I would like to thank you all for giving so unstintingly of your time to support us in delivering this project to the expected standards.

Without engineers we would live in a different world without the luxury of heating, hot clean water, housing, safe rail or road systems, food supplies, fuel, robotics, metals, waste disposal, information or intellectual property to name just a few areas touched on or to be covered at our events –  in fact everything we all take for granted.

We’ve had a lot of feedback ranging from an excellent, highly interactive process right through to need to do better – all of it’s been taken on board, in particular:

  • feedback to involve engineers early on in shaping event questions;
  • longer lead time between engineer briefing sessions and event delivery;
  • give more information about project partnerships, relationships, processes and expected outputs at the outset of each event.

A major RAE Ingenious project aim is to raise the profile of engineering among lay people and especially young people.

As you can see from our Transport Event report, copy attached, it is a matter of critical concern for our future survival and economic success that:

  • so few people are interested in engineering as the means to provide solutions to improve our living standards;
  • the dearth of women in the engineering professions evidenced by the difficulty in recruiting women engineers for these events;
  • recruiting young people in to engineering and manufacturing is a major issue;

Our final two events for the RAE Ingenious Project on the Sustainability agenda both run from 1.30pm – 4.30pm for event participants followed by a de-briefing session for event experts  until 5.15pm and open to event participants will turn the spotlight on:

  • Tuesday 14th March:  Sustainable Housing – How can we afford to heat our homes?;
  • Wednesday 29th March: Can Sustainable Manufacturing Kick-Start our Economy?

Online registration for our remaining two RAE Ingenious events going live shortly.

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About actionforinvolvment

We're an independent think tank, founded in 2006 to bring people in our communities together with policymakers and stakeholders. We create space often in a workshop format to pool ideas, develop networks and tackle hot topics. Since 2009, we’ve focused on the sustainability agenda such as: climate change, energy, housing, technology, transport with interest in:education, health, welfare, regulation and enforcement. Our latest project is funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Grant and our next event on 27th June 2013 includes George Monbiot with other high level environmental policy makers.
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5 Responses to Crowd Wise Ingenious Project: Transport Event Report – 6th December 2011

  1. Hello,

    I am a fifth year architecture student currently investigating the idea of designing a railway station for both freight and for passenger use in Stocksbridge. Since I just missed the event, I was wondering where could I find out more about this very interesting talk?

    Myself, I am looking into how to turn essentially the railway station from a lounge to an efficient and energy saving building and how to better connect other forms of transport to it: cycling, walking, electric cars and so on.

    I will be thrilled to find out more about this talk!

  2. thank you for the updates!

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