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Ross Atkin speaks from lectern, Disability Innovation Summit is written on a screen behind him. As sign language interpreter stands to his right.

I was invited to speak at the Global Disability Innovation Summit held at Here East on the Olympic Park in London. I shared a slot with Tom Watt-Smith, the showrunner (producer and director) for The Big Life Fix. Tom introduced the program and covered the cultural trends that lead to a program about assistive technology getting commissioned in a primetime slot on BBC2. I used my slot to reflect on the approach we took to developing technology during the program and look at the strengths and weaknesses of scaling it to help more disabled people. I drew on some of the arguments Sam […]

Drawing showing the words Shared and Space sharing the letters S, a and e and surrounded by pedestrians and a car.

Note: I wrote this at the start of February this year and circulated it to some people for review but didn’t get around to publishing it. Since then John Dales has referred to it in this piece he wrote more recently so I thought I’d better publish. Last week I went to one of Urban Design London’s ‘challenging practice’ session to help out with a discussion on ‘shared space’ being run by John Dales. At the end of the discussion John put a question to the forty or so assembled street designers and engineers – ‘Do you feel that shared […]