What exactly does ‘make the best of’ Brexit actually mean? This.

“How, you Barley twat?”

Let’s start with problems. My take:

  • Revenue, and globalisation’s benefits, is being concentrated in big cities, especially London. At a national level we may be doing ok, but Hartlepool’s not killing it right now.
  • Future facing skills are concentrated there too. If you’re not hot on financial, creative, or internet focused industries then globalisation just looks like a job stealing machine that ruins your community.
  • Everyone’s having a go at everyone else. Leavers, remainers, their parents, politicians, immigrants, the media. Some might be justified; doesn’t solve the problem though.

Some solutions:

Here are some ideas to channel our emotions into actions — mostly aimed at people inside the M25 but not exclusively — and I welcome more. The only condition is they have to be things you can actually do, not just say.

  1. Volunteer. Help other people out. You’ll get something from it too. Here’s a list of good opportunities: https://do-it.org/
  2. Offer up your (future facing) skills. This is the biggie. There’s scarcely a job function for the next 20 years that isn’t ICT based, and there’s a skills hole. Don’t wait for government to sort it — if you’re in a privileged position (i.e. anyone who reads Medium), share it. I’ll start: every Tuesday night I’ll do a free 30min Skype with anyone to talk about any future facing skills and how to get started — from basic computer usage to how to be a UX designer, I’m up for it. I’ve built an e-Commerce business from 0 to £1m in revenue, and picked up 1m social media fans along the way — I can help. Preference goes to those outside London. Book me here: https://calendly.com/richbrown. If you’re someone who can help too: do it.
  3. Give to a charity that covers essential needs. If you’re able, it helps. A tenner, why not. Find one here: http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/charities

What now?

Do something. Anything. Things aren’t magically going to get better, no matter how many times you like a post on FB. Now then, let’s get the ball rolling:

  • Share this, any way you can. Print and post it to your nan.
  • Tweet this excerpt / FB it, with the action you plan to take:

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Design at Shopify. P/T Master’s student at Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. I’m the kind of guy who supervised the guy who invented the wheel.

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Rich Brown

Rich Brown

Design at Shopify. P/T Master’s student at Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. I’m the kind of guy who supervised the guy who invented the wheel.