My friend Jenn is a poet, and not very good with tech.

So occasionally I will publish her poetry here on Medium to give it a chance to be received by someone other than just me. Here it is, it’s called Open Minds:

Open Minds:

Needy. Poverty. Poor:

are words…

on Behalf of The #bekind Collective and CryptoBates Group

Adam Rizvi, CrpytoBates Group (left) and Mike Riddell, The #bekind Collective at CoinFest UK in Manchester

Adam Rizvi is the founder of CryptoBates Group that organises the annual Coinfest UK crypto and NFT conference. Earlier today, with friends and family, we signed the following statement of intent:

A new partnership. A relationship as old as time.


My friend Jennifer Spice has given me permission to publish her poem on 21st century poverty.

Poverty comes in many guises,

those suffering do their best to disguise it;

the stigma; the shame; the whispering names;

always from behind,

losing the game;

got no voice;

even less choice; day after day feels the same;

diet is poor; can barely afford;

health poorer,

often ignored;

stress levels high;

prices higher.

Christmas, ugh,

timing is flawed.

“Live ones best life”

feels like a joke;

kids hungry; can’t have;

because you are so broke.

Jennifer Spice 16.12.21

(£16.69 bank balance, 11 days til payday; 3 kids, 3 cats, a dog and myself to feed….3 days food in cupboards)… better get creative!

Photo courtesy of @photomoments

The Counter Community network is transitioning to become The #bekind Community Benefit Society. Has also secured important property rights.

“Designed in ‘Castle, Made In Stoke”

Counter Community Network is transitioning to become a community owned and managed regeneration vehicle for the seven towns of North Staffs: Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Newcastle, Stoke & Tunstall, the legal…

We’re working really hard behind the scenes to pull together a variety of inter-linked projects into a coherent and cohesive narrative that we hope attracts the support of Government to help places like ours, “Level Up”.

We’re calling those efforts “The What If…? Innovation Project”, and this is our pitch…

A #bekind Catalyst for the New Economy

There is no need to explain why the economy is broken. The negative impact is all around us, so let’s not go there. Instead, let’s go to a place where everyone is valued for their kindness — for what they can do for…

In Stoke & North Staffs

Whilst I have spent the majority of my career in urban regeneration, my work since 2007 has been focused on the development of a digital community currency.

I figured that if Clubcard can use points to incentivise customers to shop at Tesco, then why can’t…

Mike Riddell

I’m a regeneration practitioner working in Stoke and North Staffs. People, place, tech — it’s all in the mix!

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