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Social Action Lightning Talks – Women Making a Difference and Urbanistas united!

Urbanistas Cardiff and Women Making a Difference have teamed up to bring you a Christmas treat on Tuesday 8 December!


Join them for a series of ‘lightning talks’ – 20 images for 400 seconds – that focus on projects run by women making their community and world a better place.

Lightning Talks, The Old Library – Tuesday 8 December 2015: 17.30 –  19.30

Lightning Talks – Tickets via Eventbrite

What is a ‘lightning talk’? It’s a short, sharp and exciting way to tell a visual story. We’ve all sat through presentations that drone on and on – this keeps speakers on their toes and grabs your attention. These talks will focus on people taking action to make society a better place.

Do you have a ‘lightning talk’ in you? We bet you do. If you’ve been working on a project of campaign that’s working to make Wales a better place, get 20 images together and tell us your story.  Get in touch with Jo@sartorilab.org or joni@wmad.org.uk to pitch your talk for the night. Don’t be shy! The deadline for pitches is 24 Nov.

Why should you come? They are a friendly bunch. And they aren’t all women! Anyone is welcome. In fact, they will be hosting six visitors from around the world who are spending a few days in Cardiff as part of British Council’s Active Citizens programme run by Women Making a Difference.

And you want another reason? A glass of wine on arrival! At this special Christmas treat, we’ll be offering a tipple to quench your thirst and raise the holiday spirit a notch. For those who prefer something non alcoholic, we’ll have some delicious orange juice and water.

What happens after 19.30? In Urbanistas Cardiff style, they’ll make their way to a local bar to continue with the good cheer and celebrate the holidays.

Can’t make it, but want to keep in touch?

Urbanistas Cardiff meet monthly. Find out when the next Urbanistas event will be held by signing up to the mailing list.

Urbanistas Cardiff is a network of women who are passionate about growing women’s leadership and capacity to start their own projects and ideas, which help make everyday life in cities better for everyone. Their  motto is “start by starting” and is about empowering people to not wait for permission to have a good idea or motivation for doing something positive – sometimes you just need to say your idea out loud in a room full of enthusiastic and collaborative people. Urbanistas gives their members that space.

Women Making a Difference organise training courses and a mentoring programme to empower women to take on roles in public life. Find out when the next training course or opportunity is by signing up to the mailing list.

Women Making a Difference is registered charity that works to bring equality to public life by empowering more women to take on decision-making roles. They work with women from all walks of life, predominantly through training and mentoring. Think we should try something new? Fill out our survey and tell us what you want.

Spaces are limited. If you book a place and cannot attend, please cancel your order.

Please pass this event on to any other contacts in your network who you think this would appeal to.


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Cardiff Urbanistas meet-up: TED talks! 28 July 2015

The Cardiff chapter of the Urbanistas will have their next meet up at 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 July, and it will feature a screening of a few favourite TED Talks by women – you have a chance to vote for your favourite or add your own to the list at Urbanistas Facebook Group. Don’t delay – add yours today!


And now it’s time for something completely different … A night of TED Talk videos put on for you at the World of Boats Education Room, complete with free popcorn for all. The top three talks voted for by you will be shown and there will be a chance to discuss in between, we’re looking forward to lots of thoughts, ideas and opinions! You can vote until Monday 27 July on the Urbanistas Facebook meeting event

If you can’t come but would like to be kept informed of the next event, please sign up to the mailing list. If you have any other contacts in your network who you think this would appeal to, please forward the details.

Make a diary marker! Urbanistas meet ups will be on the last Tuesday of every month and we’ll alternate between socials, Expo meet ups (and some alternative events). Expos are where participants come and present an idea or project and ask for help and feedback from everyone.

28 July at 17:30
World of Boats Cardiff Bay
Heol Porth Teigr, Porth Teigr, CF10 4GA Cardiff

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The Urbanistas launch in Cardiff! Meet-up #1 TONIGHT Weds 12 November 2014

A pretty exciting event is taking place in Cardiff tomorrow night – the launch of the Cardiff chapter of the Urbanistas, a women-led network empowering collaborative people to act and do “urban” in more social ways. Read on for info of their first Cardiff meeting, this Wednesday evening…



Who are the Urbanistas?

We are a fast-growing network of disruptive and collaborative women across the UK and Australia, who all share a passion for cities and believe in making everyday life in them better for everyone.

Now we are in Cardiff!

We launched at the end of September and will be having our first Expo Meet at 5.30pm on Wednesday 12 November in the gorgeous surroundings of Gallery Ten (big thanks to Cat Gardiner).

If you want to find out more about Urbanistas, check this out.

If you are interested in meeting like-minded women, sharing and hearing about ideas that help make cities thrive, want help with a project or idea, or are simply curious – please come along to our very first Urbanistas Cardiff meet up!

So how does it work….? 

You bring or “exhibit” your idea/project and invite participation from your fellow Urbanistas. What we need to know is what you are looking for to take things forward. It is important that you have an “ask”.

If an Urbanista can and wants to help, she will offer you her help and it’s up to you to take her up on that offer to collaborate/co-create the outcomes.

You then go and “think” and “do” together to get the project or idea off the ground outside the meet. What we’d like is for you to update us at the next Urbanistas meet to see how it’s going and what needs to happen next.


  • Light-bulb moment about an idea or project
  • Tell us you are bringing it to the next meet
  • 5-10mins to talk us through what it is, why you want to do it, what you need
  • You ask for help, support and/or collaboration
  • Urbanistas ask questions and pledge help – only pledge if you are willing and able to give it
  • Help can be anything from a contact, idea, resource, something to read or watch, time etc.,.
  • You go and do your thing together
  • Next meet you bring an update and say what needs to happen next and if you need more help
  • Tell us what we can do to promote and communicate about it

We have had three exciting projects submitted – one is a web app to promote tourism in Wales; one is an idea for a non-profit literary press similar to the New York-based Tiny Hardcore Press and one is to use crowd funding to install a blue plaque to commemorate Lady Rhondda, who was an equality activist in her day. 

Urbanistas Expo Meets tend to follow this format but it is very open and flexible to your needs:

1. Welcome & Introductions

2. News and Update from Basecamp

3. Feedback from Ideas and Projects

4. Expo

If you can’t come but would like to be kept informed of the next event, please sign up to the mailing list. If you have any other contacts in your network who you think this would appeal to, please forward the details.

For more information on Urbanistas please follow us on twitter @UrbanistasCDF and @UrbanistasUK and visit our website http://urbanistasuk.wordpress.com/

The Urbanistas event is organised in Cardiff by the Satori Lab: they help government and third sector organisations give a better deal to the citizen by helping them with a shift in culture from traditional and hierarchical to adopting radical new models for service design, culture change, and public sector innovation. https://www.facebook.com/TheSatoriLab


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