Author Archives: gaiamarcus

About gaiamarcus

Hi, Welcome to this little internet slice of me. I do a lot of work around social networks - not the Facebook kind - human rights and what to do to ensure that people can fulfil their full potential. I'm the social networks analysis 'expert' at the RSA, and tend to have a couple of pet projects on the side: currently Social Mirror and Edgeryders. I cook real good, sing real loud, and frequently contemplate when on earth I shall bite the bullet and return to my beloved trapeze.

ICYMI: Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

Good News! According to recent government figures, domestic violence has been decreasing… or has it? Read more on the Guardian 

ICYMI: Domestic violence victims are disappearing from homeless statistics

Good News! According to recent government figures, domestic violence has been decreasing… or has it? Read more on the Guardian 

Open data, not statutory figures, will reveal the extent youth homelessness

Original published by Inside Housing (and therefor behind paywall) Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn’t work. “The

Open data, not statutory figures, will reveal the extent youth homelessness

Original published by Inside Housing (and therefor behind paywall) Despite extensive cuts to local authority budgets, millions of pounds are pouring from the public purse into youth homelessness services without any way of knowing what does and doesn’t work. “The

It’s (a)live!

Originally posted on Youth-led, data-driven and digital team ending youth homelessness:
The Youth Homelessness Databank is now live (and kicking) and brimming with local authority and government data. Take a look and find out how you can get involved! The…

It’s (a)live!

Originally posted on Youth-led, data-driven and digital team ending youth homelessness:
The Youth Homelessness Databank is now live (and kicking) and brimming with local authority and government data. Take a look and find out how you can get involved! The…

Countdown to HACK!

Originally posted on Youth-led, data-driven and digital team ending youth homelessness:
Final call for data viz and Tableau ninjas! Will you step up to the challenge?! Our Youth Homelessness Hack on Saturday 7th May is just a couple of days…

Countdown to HACK!

Originally posted on Youth-led, data-driven and digital team ending youth homelessness:
Final call for data viz and Tableau ninjas! Will you step up to the challenge?! Our Youth Homelessness Hack on Saturday 7th May is just a couple of days…

New Donnedure post- from small-holder to seamstress

My new Donnedure post looks into how my Nonna went from living in a small-holding family in the Venetian countryside, to a seamstress’ assistant in Milan. It picks off just after her father dies – ‘And so, how did you

New Donnedure post- from small-holder to seamstress

My new Donnedure post looks into how my Nonna went from living in a small-holding family in the Venetian countryside, to a seamstress’ assistant in Milan. It picks off just after her father dies – ‘And so, how did you

From the Archives: The (Mind) Games: are you training your brain enough?

A post I found whilst cleaning up this blog, all the way from the heady Olympic summer of 2012. This is what Thought Menu became, after all that. It’s not just your legs that benefit from a good work-out: they

From the Archives: The (Mind) Games: are you training your brain enough?

A post I found whilst cleaning up this blog, all the way from the heady Olympic summer of 2012. This is what Thought Menu became, after all that. It’s not just your legs that benefit from a good work-out: they

My Nonna’s Milan.

I’m doing the undone and writing up a book as a series of blogs. This is the first blog  – an introduction- my Nonna’s Milan – always a good place to start! I’m playing with the idea of an E-Book that spans the

My Nonna’s Milan.

I’m doing the undone and writing up a book as a series of blogs. This is the first blog  – an introduction- my Nonna’s Milan – always a good place to start! I’m playing with the idea of an E-Book that spans the

Just how many young people are homeless every year?

Post from October 2016, when my team published a report into the nature of youth homelessness in the UK. Very proud of the Centrepoint Databank team – as reported in The Independent and BBC News we have found that youth

Just how many young people are homeless every year?

Post from October 2016, when my team published a report into the nature of youth homelessness in the UK. Very proud of the Centrepoint Databank team – as reported in The Independent and BBC News we have found that youth

5-4-3-2-1: a community round-up

This is a slightly edited version of five posts I wrote whilst at the RSA, to put down in words everything I knew about community, which I used as a basis for a CharityWorks talk in January 2016. It is

5-4-3-2-1: a community round-up

This is a slightly edited version of five posts I wrote whilst at the RSA, to put down in words everything I knew about community, which I used as a basis for a CharityWorks talk in January 2016. It is

Are you well-connected?

A toolkit-in-progress: five ways to thinking about being well-connected.  It is an exciting time in the RSA’s Connected Communities team. Alongside our academic partners UCLAN and LSE, we are approaching an interesting milestone in our seven-site, five year Connected Communities programme that seeks to understand how community and social connections affect

Are you well-connected?

A toolkit-in-progress: five ways to thinking about being well-connected.  It is an exciting time in the RSA’s Connected Communities team. Alongside our academic partners UCLAN and LSE, we are approaching an interesting milestone in our seven-site, five year Connected Communities programme that seeks to understand how community and social connections affect