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Radical rethink: How to run a radical business

You want to do things differently. You’ve written your mission statement. But how do you ensure your business isn’t just paying lip-service to change? How do your values manifest themselves in your business culture and practice?

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Aker Brygge, Oslo. Photo: Tomasz Majewski/Vestre
Aker Brygge, Oslo. Photo: Tomasz Majewski/Vestre

Vestre is a Norwegian furniture practice that has supported The Developer and the Festival of Place since inception. In this podcast, we hear from Commercial Director Romy Rawlings about how they put their social and environmental values into business practice, and why they’re supporting The Developer’s Radical Rethink initiative.


Radical Rethink is call for ideas to revolutionise public spaces, including policy, design, process, procurement, research or more. Submit a simple idea, and if we like it, we’ll ask you to present it and work with you to develop it, and we’ll help you disseminate it.

Developed with landscape architect Will Sandy and supported by Vestre, we are seeking radical thinking for public space from policy-makers, planners, designers, academics and thinkers – anyone with an idea pushing for new ways of working.



If you’ve got an idea, whether a radical design or policy shift, that will improve our parks, roads, pavements, squares, rooftops, alleyways, back gardens, markets, high streets, etc. that will make them more resilient and productive, ecological, promote health and wellbeing, increase a sense of agency or belonging, become educational, increase access or promote inclusivity, we want to hear from you.


We’ll be selecting ideas to present live online to a panel of industry leaders and a wider audience who will question, challenge and feedback. We’ll also publish the ideas and share them with our audience. We’ll seek to feature the best ideas at the Festival of Place on 13 November.


What next for places and spaces?
Submit your idea for policy, design, process or procurement (we’re open minded!) via email to, it can be a raw idea, to be further developed later, and it should be described in a maximum 2 pages of A4 (preferably less than 1 page, or even a few sentences that can be elaborated later).


Deadline: 22 August

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