Creative Skills For Life monitors and reports on projects and initiatives that bring together creativity, technology and healthcare. Look out for our regular news review, blog posts from the CSL team, and guest posts from healthcare professionals, creators and business leaders on projects and thought-processes close to CSL’s mission. For regular recommended links follow us on Twitter.
In the News August 2017 - Life in the Fast Lane
In the News August 2017 - Life in the Fast Lane

10 August 2017

This month’s news digest from our work as the Agile Ageing Alliance has a truly international feel. It features an Australian centenarian ballet...

Older Age Care: It’s time for an intervention - Sara McKee
Older Age Care: It’s time for an intervention - Sara McKee

24 July 2017

Evermore design small household living for later life, giving older people the chance to 'live an independent life to the full, surrounded by...

In the News July 2017 - Skills to Pay the Bills
In the News July 2017 - Skills to Pay the Bills

6 July 2017

As the first month of sharing more news from the world of Agile Ageing, this month’s digest is a bumper edition. It features...

In the news June 2017: His Master’s Voice
In the news June 2017: His Master’s Voice

9 June 2017

With so much going on in the world of the Agile Ageing Alliance, CSL will be taking a little time to help support...

In the news May 2017: It’s Never Too Late To Be Great
In the news May 2017: It’s Never Too Late To Be Great

19 May 2017

Mental health issues have been getting some much-needed attention this month. So, we wanted to take the opportunity to look at some recent...

In the News March 2017: Friends For Life
In the News March 2017: Friends For Life

7 April 2017

Following the launch of www.agileageing.org a brand new website where you will find the latest developments on the Silver Economy, our partner organisation...

The Art of the Possible - Ruth Catlow
The Art of the Possible - Ruth Catlow

13 February 2017

Founded by artists Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett, Furtherfield is a community arts initiative creating online and physical spaces for different kinds of...

In the News January 2017: Home Smart Home
In the News January 2017: Home Smart Home

26 January 2017

January is a time for reflection, and looking ahead. CSL's sister organisation, the Agile Ageing Alliance (AAA) is currently doing just that with...

In the News December 2016: Bridges to Stardom
In the News December 2016: Bridges to Stardom

14 December 2016

It’s been a great year for discovering incredible people using their creativity, entrepreneurship and bravery to help change the lives of those with...

In the News November 2016: Music has a hold on us
In the News November 2016: Music has a hold on us

4 November 2016

Creative Skills for Life are always looking for exciting, creative ways in which life-limiting or long term health conditions are being tackled, challenged or...

Never Too Old For Sex, Drugs And Rock N’ Roll
Never Too Old For Sex, Drugs And Rock N’ Roll

2 November 2016

So it turns out we're never too old for a bit of sex, drugs and rock n roll, and furthermore it can actually...

In the News September 2016: The race for healthier cities
In the News September 2016: The race for healthier cities

16 September 2016

Recently, we have seen more and more articles on the impact city planning has on our lives. This follows the 2010 WHO campaign...

In the News August 2016: Health's in fashion
In the News August 2016: Health's in fashion

8 August 2016

Innovations, particularly in mobile technology, seem to now have the capacity to change human behaviour overnight, making it a very exciting time to be alive....

Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People
Never Underestimate the Power of a Small Group of Committed People

5 July 2016

Not a great week to be British. I am in Germany when Nigel Farage proudly takes credit for achieving his lifelong ambition -...

In the News June 2016: The new baby boomers
In the News June 2016: The new baby boomers

4 July 2016

June has been a month filled with inspiring stories of creative ways to help people overcome life-limiting conditions. From research apps to university...

We Can Be Heroes
We Can Be Heroes

26 June 2016

This morning I woke to learn of the sad death of Muhammad Ali, one of my childhood heroes. As I sat down to...

In the News May 2016 - All together now
In the News May 2016 - All together now

2 June 2016

CSL were proud to have organised the recent European Commission-backed ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’ event in London. There, one of the (many insightful)...

In the news April 2016: The art of staying agile
In the news April 2016: The art of staying agile

6 May 2016

In partnership with Innovate UK and the European Commission, CSL’s Ian Spero was in Brussels recently to kick-start a new campaign to re-imagine...

In the news March 2016: These ideas will change lives
In the news March 2016: These ideas will change lives

1 April 2016

It’s been a good month for stories about innovators challenging the ‘status quo’ in health. And as more of us live longer, and with...

In the News Feb 2016: Superheroes come in all sizes
In the News Feb 2016: Superheroes come in all sizes

3 March 2016

The recent Huffington Post article from CSL’s Ian Spero revealed how the weight of research around living well as we age, could be...

Agile Ageing - Tap into the Fountain of Youth and Transform Your Life
Agile Ageing - Tap into the Fountain of Youth and Transform Your Life

23 February 2016

We live in an agile world. The smartest companies - especially in the fast moving tech sector - are using agile methodologies to...

Healthcare, but not as we know it
Healthcare, but not as we know it

29 January 2016

The recent and sudden loss of three significant British icons has revealed two quite interesting things. First, how many of us look to innovators/provocateurs...

Music is the strongest social tool that mankind has invented
Music is the strongest social tool that mankind has invented

20 January 2016

In a recent CSL News article, we looked at a pioneering program in Sweden, now being trialled in the UK, that streams music...

In the News Dec 2015: Whistle While You Work
In the News Dec 2015: Whistle While You Work

18 December 2015

If you’ve been following our work with Innovate UK and the Long Term Care National Challenge, you may have seen the recent announcement...

The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing

16 December 2015

December is a month to take stock and give some thought to the year ahead. As regular readers will know, I run Creative Skills...

In the News 2015 – Time to Face the Music
In the News 2015 – Time to Face the Music

13 November 2015

Now that the average UK life expectancy has risen to 81 years, several of the stories we shared this month have led to...

Meet the Super-Women Who Aim To Empower Us All
Meet the Super-Women Who Aim To Empower Us All

30 October 2015

Earlier this month I gave a speech highlighting the need for a revolution in long term care at the Economic Ministry in Warsaw....

In the News Oct 2015 - Are Friends Electric?
In the News Oct 2015 - Are Friends Electric?

15 October 2015

Last month, we told you about CSL’s Ian Spero joining leading Gerentechnologist, Alexander Peine, to speak across Europe on the huge economic potential of...

We Live in an Agile Age, Let's Make the Most of It!
We Live in an Agile Age, Let's Make the Most of It!

16 September 2015

Last month I joined a packed house of ecstatic ravers under the gilded dome of London's Royal Albert Hall, to celebrate the BBC's...

In the news Sep 2015 - Get Up, Stand Up!
In the news Sep 2015 - Get Up, Stand Up!

9 September 2015

This week, CSL has been very active on the blog front; offering a fascinating insight to the world of Gerentechnology by Dr Alexander...

Gerontechnology – New Frontiers in Design for Active Ageing
Gerontechnology – New Frontiers in Design for Active Ageing

7 September 2015

Dr Alexander Peine, is a leading Gerontechnologist and Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at Utrecht University, who has written an EU...

In the News Aug 2015 - Technology, a Force for Good
In the News Aug 2015 - Technology, a Force for Good

25 August 2015

We are tantalisingly close to the next instalment of Star Wars. A perfect time then to see just how close we’ve come to the amazing technology predicted in...

In the News July 2015 - Be Aware, Be Inspired
In the News July 2015 - Be Aware, Be Inspired

25 July 2015

In the two months since Mental Health Awareness Week, we've seen a number of stories about the creative ways people and organisations are...

In the News June 2015 - Ageing Disgracefully?
In the News June 2015 - Ageing Disgracefully?

24 June 2015

At the recent Long Term Care Revolution Live events, CSL hugely enjoyed meeting the many revolutionaries who came together to reimagine the future...

How to Drive Measurable Quality Improvements in Long Term Care
How to Drive Measurable Quality Improvements in Long Term Care

16 June 2015

Over the past few months I have been orchestrating a series of roadshows for Innovate UK, involving prominent stakeholders in a concerted effort to...

Children of the Revolution
Children of the Revolution

2 June 2015

"A revolution is coming - a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if...

Weapons of Mass Construction
Weapons of Mass Construction

29 May 2015

Last week more than two hundred would-be revolutionaries answered a call to arms and gathered in London with a view to reimagining the...

In the News May 2015 - Understanding Our Health With Personal Technologies
In the News May 2015 - Understanding Our Health With Personal Technologies

28 May 2015

In the week before the Long Term Care Revolution roadshow hits Edinburgh, we look at different ways in which personal technologies are already transforming how...

Design and care: Moving beyond utility towards beauty
Design and care: Moving beyond utility towards beauty

31 March 2015

Regular readers will be aware of my interest in the £4 million Long Term Care Revolution. LTCR aims to give UK businesses a...

In the News March 2015 - Palliative Care and the General Election
In the News March 2015 - Palliative Care and the General Election

2 March 2015

With the general election fast approaching, this is an important time for organisations and charities to push their agendas and ask for real...

In the News February 2015 - Spotlight on Care for Young People and Children
In the News February 2015 - Spotlight on Care for Young People and Children

12 February 2015

This month has seen CSL focus on the needs of the ageing population as you’ll see from our interview with Peter Wintlev-Jensen (deputy...

EU Needs Social Entrepreneurs to Leverage the Silver Economy…
EU Needs Social Entrepreneurs to Leverage the Silver Economy…

29 January 2015

CSL Founder Ian Spero Looks at Opportunities for Innovation, Growth and Societal Transformation Long term health and care sit at the tip of a shifting...

Leading Brands and Retailers Set Their Sights on Older Adults, So Should You
Leading Brands and Retailers Set Their Sights on Older Adults, So Should You

29 January 2015

The Silver Economy Comes of Age… Open any lifestyle magazine and you are likely to see the likes of Julia Roberts, Madonna, Helen Mirren,...

In the news January 2015 - caring for our carers
In the news January 2015 - caring for our carers

14 January 2015

Despite expecting the usual Christmas lull, there was actually a great deal of news relating to palliative care, creative arts therapies and digital...

In the news December 2014 - Palliative care, creative therapies and new health technology
In the news December 2014 - Palliative care, creative therapies and new health technology

12 December 2014

As we draw closer to the end of a particularly interesting year for CSL, we once again reflect on some recent posts that...

CSL Creative England Apps Contest Update
CSL Creative England Apps Contest Update

4 December 2014

This week we catch up with the winners of last year’s competition we ran in partnership with Creative England and NHS England. The winning...

Join a Revolution in Long Term Care
Join a Revolution in Long Term Care

1 December 2014

Last week Innovate UK, a public funded agency providing support for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-growth potential, lit the touch...

In the news November 2014 - Young adults' palliative care needs are not being met
In the news November 2014 - Young adults' palliative care needs are not being met

9 November 2014

We share news items that relate to creative arts therapies, palliative care and mHealth every day on Twitter. Here’s a round-up of some...

Gallery
Gallery

21 October 2014

Here's a gallery of art work produced by people living with life limiting and life threatening conditions, including our guest blogger Sarah Ezekiel....

Q and A with artist Sarah Ezekiel
Q and A with artist Sarah Ezekiel

20 October 2014

Sarah Ezekiel was 34 when she noticed weakness in her left arm and her speech slurring. Pregnant with her second child, Sarah was...

In the news October 2014 - Creative arts therapy groups should receive more funding
In the news October 2014 - Creative arts therapy groups should receive more funding

9 October 2014

We’ve been Tweeting about some significant news items this month relating to palliative care, mHealth and creative arts therapies. We flag these up...

In the news September 2014 - Early palliative care reduces hospitalisations
In the news September 2014 - Early palliative care reduces hospitalisations

24 September 2014

While August is known to many as the ‘silly season’, we still found plenty of interesting articles and blog posts relating to the...

How can creative technologies contribute to palliative care
How can creative technologies contribute to palliative care

20 August 2014

When I first heard about the Creative Skills For Life (CSL) project, I was keen to be involved for both professional and personal...

The most important thing you can create is your own life
The most important thing you can create is your own life

20 August 2014

Matthew Taylor, CEO of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce,) recently announced a new RSA worldview,...

In the News August 2014 - Palliative Care makes national headlines
In the News August 2014 - Palliative Care makes national headlines

19 August 2014

Whilst monitoring the web and news wires for new developments that could eventually prove beneficial for people living with chronic conditions, we often...

In the News July 2014 – Apple and Google enter our domain
In the News July 2014 – Apple and Google enter our domain

14 July 2014

The Creative Skills For Life mandate crosses many disciplines, markets and industries, in particulardigital health, palliative care and creative arts therapy. As we explore...

In the News June 2014 - Care, Art Therapy, Apps For Mental Health
In the News June 2014 - Care, Art Therapy, Apps For Mental Health

23 June 2014

There are various elements to the Creative Skills For Life mission. We believe that more focus and funding should be given to palliative...

Creative communities with a cause
Creative communities with a cause

2 June 2014

The power of creativity, on both a personal and social level, is central to Creative Skills For Life's mission and we like to...

In The News May 2014 - Drama Therapy, Health Apps and MedCity
In The News May 2014 - Drama Therapy, Health Apps and MedCity

21 May 2014

We’re excited to say it’s a busy time at Creative Skills For Life right now. Not only are we launching our research into...

Talking about music therapy
Talking about music therapy

15 April 2014

Creative Skills For Life is all about where creativity, technology and healthcare collide. And one discipline that definitely interests us is music therapy....

In The News April 2014 - Apps, Apple, mHealth
In The News April 2014 - Apps, Apple, mHealth

7 April 2014

Creative Skills For Life monitors and reports on projects and initiatives that bring together creativity, technology and healthcare. Get daily recomended links via Twitter and...

Power to the people: A Long Term Care Revolution
Power to the people: A Long Term Care Revolution

7 March 2014

Fuelled by the growth of electronic medical records, according to The Telegraph people of all ages are waking up to the potential of...

Bridging the gap between art and healthcare
Bridging the gap between art and healthcare

9 January 2014

In my travels in 2013, I came across nothing more remarkable than the extraordinary works of the 14th Century Anchoress, Julian of Norwich. In...

Bridging the gap between art and healthcare
Bridging the gap between art and healthcare

9 January 2014

Celebrating New Year in Rome, a city seeped in amazing art, breathtaking architecture and a sense of shared belief, I asked my guide...

Cancer research funding reaches new heights, but what about holistic care?
Cancer research funding reaches new heights, but what about holistic care?

31 December 2013

Funding for cancer research has increased by more than 60 per cent over the past 10 years, but how much is spent investigating...

Creating a special effect with assistive technology
Creating a special effect with assistive technology

4 December 2013

It’s coming to that time of year when our letterboxes and email inboxes get packed with Christmas cards. This festive season, I’m looking...

Words for wellbeing
Words for wellbeing

8 November 2013

Have you ever thrown yourself into something and then, just when it’s too late to draw back, you panic? That’s how I felt...

The best is yet to come
The best is yet to come

11 October 2013

The question is when are you too old to rock n roll? I don't know about you but I intend to make the...

CSL ambassador Greg Wilford has the last word
CSL ambassador Greg Wilford has the last word

12 September 2013

Creative Skills For Life today formally shares the very sad news that Greg Wilford, a young writer who passionately supported and informed the...

CLS founder introduces the programme in Huffington Post blog
CLS founder introduces the programme in Huffington Post blog

10 September 2013

Creative Skills For Life founder Ian Spero has written about the programme in a blog post for The Huffington Post. Explaining the rationale behind...

Let’s cherish creativity to counter cancer
Let’s cherish creativity to counter cancer

9 September 2013

I was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. I’ve been through all the invasive tests and the surgery stage and after 6 weeks...

Not just surviving but thriving
Not just surviving but thriving

21 August 2013

In a blog post originally written for The Huffington Post, founder Ian Spero provides an introduction to the Creative Skills For Life programme. So...

Greg Says: All over the place with my iPhone
Greg Says: All over the place with my iPhone

25 June 2013

How are you today? Uh huh...fascinating. I’m ill. Still. I’ve had this casual on-and-off thing going on with what I have deduced is...

"Big data could be saving us all" says Telegraph in new report on CSL

24 June 2013

The Daily Telegraph this weekend put Creative Skills For Life under the spotlight in a new article looking at the ways big data...

Ruder Finn to provide PR and digital support to Creative Skills For Life
Ruder Finn to provide PR and digital support to Creative Skills For Life

3 June 2013

Ruder Finn UK has announced that its digital health division will be working with Creative Skills For Life, providing strategic communications to support...

CSL founder speaks to Mobile Marketing about the initiative at Digital Shoreditch
CSL founder speaks to Mobile Marketing about the initiative at Digital Shoreditch

23 May 2013

Creative Skills For Life founder Ian Spero spoke to Mobile Marketing earlier this week ahead of launching the CSL Creative England Competition Fund...

Improving quality of life to young people living with life limiting conditions
Improving quality of life to young people living with life limiting conditions

22 May 2013

These young people are a ‘new’ population in healthcare - medical interventions are now making it possible for many children who would otherwise...

Creative England's Creative Skills For Life Competition Fund launches
Creative England's Creative Skills For Life Competition Fund launches

20 May 2013

Today, Creative England in partnership with NHS England launches a new initiative which will support development projects that use digital technology to give...

Greg Says: London fun run bonanza
Greg Says: London fun run bonanza

15 May 2013

iPhone!  iPhone!  iPhone!  Yes, I am now a proud inductee into the cult of Apple and it’s awesome.  I was going to write...

Aspirations for collaboration between Creative Skills For Life and the Human Metabolism Research Unit UHCW
Aspirations for collaboration between Creative Skills For Life and the Human Metabolism Research Unit UHCW

22 April 2013

Creativity at its core implicates the use of the imagination or original ideas, and is manifest in a multitude of forms. Humans are...

Greg Says: Disorder - The art of making stuff up
Greg Says: Disorder - The art of making stuff up

17 April 2013

Radio. Live Transmission... So today, in my first post proper, I’m going type at you about creation – the pastime of creativity. What the...

The journey to Creative Skills For Life
The journey to Creative Skills For Life

28 March 2013

Creative Skills For Life has been conceived by marketer and brand partnerships expert Ian Spero, and is the latest in of series of...

Greg Says: Dabbling in creation
Greg Says: Dabbling in creation

25 March 2013

My name is Greg Wilford. I’m 24 years old. I have a degree. I live independently - with a guinea pig and an...