York's GeniUS! project wins top award

York Press: Kersten England, chief  executive at City of York Council Kersten England, chief executive at City of York Council

AN innovative project to get people together to help solve some of the major issues facing York has won a national award – and the city’s Park&Ride schemes have been shortlisted for another.

GeniUS!, which was created by City of York Council in partnership with Science City York, fought off competition from more than 500 entries to be declared overall winner and winner of the community engagement award at the Guardian Public Service Awards.

The project invites residents, community groups, businesses, innovators and academics to share their ideas on how to solve problems such as the ageing population, environment, energy and the economy.

Since it was launched in January, it has attracted more than 300 registered users from across the community, including local business owners, residents, community groups, academics and innovators.

It is being exported to Cape Town, South Africa, and councils including Kirklees, Leeds and Bristol have expressed interest in adopting it.

Council leader James Alexander said the award was a “fantastic endorsement” for the GeniUS! scheme.

Kersten England, City of York Council chief executive, said: “This kind of initiative aims to engage everyone in finding innovative solutions that we as a council can support and develop for the benefit of all.”

Meanwhile, the council and bus operator First have been shortlisted in the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, with the chance of winning thousands of pounds to support sustainable travel in the city.

Simon Pearson, of First, said the achievement was recognition for all First and council staff who worked extremely hard to offer a first-class and professional park-and-ride service, which many benefits including easing road congestion.

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10:33am Thu 22 Nov 12

greenmonkey says...

The Genius project is a great idea, but so far it has failed to engage any significant numbers of local people. The whole design of the web pages leaves a lot to be desired and the first few ideas explored in response to the 'challenges' seem to have disappeared into bureaucratic processes. It has now been granted significant sums of council money to 'explore innovative solutions' so it needs to achieve a more accountable public engagement than it has so far.
The Genius project is a great idea, but so far it has failed to engage any significant numbers of local people. The whole design of the web pages leaves a lot to be desired and the first few ideas explored in response to the 'challenges' seem to have disappeared into bureaucratic processes. It has now been granted significant sums of council money to 'explore innovative solutions' so it needs to achieve a more accountable public engagement than it has so far. greenmonkey
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10:58am Thu 22 Nov 12

Gary Gilmores Eyes says...

Comment on story:
Surely it should be judged on the implementation of the good ideas and co-ordination undertaken as a result of the website, not just on the website that has not actually done anything.
Usual council promotion of their website that nobody knew about for an award that nobody cares about…

‘Meanwhile, the council and bus operator First have been shortlisted in the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, with the chance of winning thousands of pounds to support sustainable travel in the city. ‘

That is a joke right?
It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place!

Also having 3 park and ride buses in a line with the 2nd and 3rd empty but stuck behind the full 1st one is hardly a lesson in efficiency or indeed ‘sustainable travel’ as surely that is a waste of fuel, a resource that is running out very quickly, perhaps due to so called ‘sustainable travel’?

I also see more out of service buses jolling round than ones in service!


‘Simon Pearson, of First, said the achievement was recognition for all First and council staff who worked extremely hard to offer a first-class and professional park-and-ride service, which many benefits including easing road congestion’

Is this the Simonbus that sometimes comments on here on bus related matters?
You know the one, the underpaid corporate automaton that has no real answers to poster’s questions, he just reads the script given to him by other slightly better paid corporate automatons.


Now the comedy:
‘Council leader James Alexander said the award was a “fantastic endorsement” for the GeniUS! Scheme’

Thanks for that outstanding piece of analysis there James.
A non person polishing a Tvrd as usual.

PS I nearly forgot my standard footer!
I think James Alexander should resign over this!
Comment on story: Surely it should be judged on the implementation of the good ideas and co-ordination undertaken as a result of the website, not just on the website that has not actually done anything. Usual council promotion of their website that nobody knew about for an award that nobody cares about… ‘Meanwhile, the council and bus operator First have been shortlisted in the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, with the chance of winning thousands of pounds to support sustainable travel in the city. ‘ That is a joke right? It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place! Also having 3 park and ride buses in a line with the 2nd and 3rd empty but stuck behind the full 1st one is hardly a lesson in efficiency or indeed ‘sustainable travel’ as surely that is a waste of fuel, a resource that is running out very quickly, perhaps due to so called ‘sustainable travel’? I also see more out of service buses jolling round than ones in service! ‘Simon Pearson, of First, said the achievement was recognition for all First and council staff who worked extremely hard to offer a first-class and professional park-and-ride service, which many benefits including easing road congestion’ Is this the Simonbus that sometimes comments on here on bus related matters? You know the one, the underpaid corporate automaton that has no real answers to poster’s questions, he just reads the script given to him by other slightly better paid corporate automatons. Now the comedy: ‘Council leader James Alexander said the award was a “fantastic endorsement” for the GeniUS! Scheme’ Thanks for that outstanding piece of analysis there James. A non person polishing a Tvrd as usual. PS I nearly forgot my standard footer! I think James Alexander should resign over this! Gary Gilmores Eyes
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11:08am Thu 22 Nov 12

Capt. Dobie says...

Hmmm...YCC getting suckered into another average plan...

I think James Alexander should resign over this!
Hmmm...YCC getting suckered into another average plan... I think James Alexander should resign over this! Capt. Dobie
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1:36pm Thu 22 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Staggering. An "idea" that has never achieved anything wins an award!

Agree with the comments above this canonly be judged a success if anything comes out of the process. Personally I very much doubt it
Staggering. An "idea" that has never achieved anything wins an award! Agree with the comments above this canonly be judged a success if anything comes out of the process. Personally I very much doubt it atorycouncil2014
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1:36pm Thu 22 Nov 12

atorycouncil2014 says...

Staggering. An "idea" that has never achieved anything wins an award!

Agree with the comments above this canonly be judged a success if anything comes out of the process. Personally I very much doubt it
Staggering. An "idea" that has never achieved anything wins an award! Agree with the comments above this canonly be judged a success if anything comes out of the process. Personally I very much doubt it atorycouncil2014
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2:03pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Is this the same 'GeniUS' COYC who organised the recent housing week, including the housing summit and Get York Building events aimed at getting more housing built in York ?

At the main Housing Summit event there was only one private housebuilder in attendance who is actually building houses in York at the moment (Shepherd Homes). At the same event out of a total of 80 on the invitation list, 38 were council officers plus 7 councillors. In terms of reaching their target audience, COYC missed it by a mile. They coudn't organise a p***-up in a brewery !

Who do they know at The Guardian who rigged this award for them ?,
Is this the same 'GeniUS' COYC who organised the recent housing week, including the housing summit and Get York Building events aimed at getting more housing built in York ? At the main Housing Summit event there was only one private housebuilder in attendance who is actually building houses in York at the moment (Shepherd Homes). At the same event out of a total of 80 on the invitation list, 38 were council officers plus 7 councillors. In terms of reaching their target audience, COYC missed it by a mile. They coudn't organise a p***-up in a brewery ! Who do they know at The Guardian who rigged this award for them ?, Scarlet Pimpernel
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4:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

bloodaxe says...

Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Look, if it won an award it won an award. Get over it.
Ere we go ere we go ere we go. Look, if it won an award it won an award. Get over it. bloodaxe
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4:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

bloodaxe says...

Gary Gilmores Eyes wrote:
Comment on story:
Surely it should be judged on the implementation of the good ideas and co-ordination undertaken as a result of the website, not just on the website that has not actually done anything.
Usual council promotion of their website that nobody knew about for an award that nobody cares about…

‘Meanwhile, the council and bus operator First have been shortlisted in the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, with the chance of winning thousands of pounds to support sustainable travel in the city. ‘

That is a joke right?
It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place!

Also having 3 park and ride buses in a line with the 2nd and 3rd empty but stuck behind the full 1st one is hardly a lesson in efficiency or indeed ‘sustainable travel’ as surely that is a waste of fuel, a resource that is running out very quickly, perhaps due to so called ‘sustainable travel’?

I also see more out of service buses jolling round than ones in service!


‘Simon Pearson, of First, said the achievement was recognition for all First and council staff who worked extremely hard to offer a first-class and professional park-and-ride service, which many benefits including easing road congestion’

Is this the Simonbus that sometimes comments on here on bus related matters?
You know the one, the underpaid corporate automaton that has no real answers to poster’s questions, he just reads the script given to him by other slightly better paid corporate automatons.


Now the comedy:
‘Council leader James Alexander said the award was a “fantastic endorsement” for the GeniUS! Scheme’

Thanks for that outstanding piece of analysis there James.
A non person polishing a Tvrd as usual.

PS I nearly forgot my standard footer!
I think James Alexander should resign over this!
"That is a joke right?
It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place."
Perhaps if fewer people tried driving through a city which is totally unsuitable for lots of vehicular traffic then the buses would be more efficient and there would be a greater incentive in using them.
[quote][p][bold]Gary Gilmores Eyes[/bold] wrote: Comment on story: Surely it should be judged on the implementation of the good ideas and co-ordination undertaken as a result of the website, not just on the website that has not actually done anything. Usual council promotion of their website that nobody knew about for an award that nobody cares about… ‘Meanwhile, the council and bus operator First have been shortlisted in the 2013 Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel, with the chance of winning thousands of pounds to support sustainable travel in the city. ‘ That is a joke right? It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place! Also having 3 park and ride buses in a line with the 2nd and 3rd empty but stuck behind the full 1st one is hardly a lesson in efficiency or indeed ‘sustainable travel’ as surely that is a waste of fuel, a resource that is running out very quickly, perhaps due to so called ‘sustainable travel’? I also see more out of service buses jolling round than ones in service! ‘Simon Pearson, of First, said the achievement was recognition for all First and council staff who worked extremely hard to offer a first-class and professional park-and-ride service, which many benefits including easing road congestion’ Is this the Simonbus that sometimes comments on here on bus related matters? You know the one, the underpaid corporate automaton that has no real answers to poster’s questions, he just reads the script given to him by other slightly better paid corporate automatons. Now the comedy: ‘Council leader James Alexander said the award was a “fantastic endorsement” for the GeniUS! Scheme’ Thanks for that outstanding piece of analysis there James. A non person polishing a Tvrd as usual. PS I nearly forgot my standard footer! I think James Alexander should resign over this![/p][/quote]"That is a joke right? It’s the park and ride buses and the provision of bus lanes that lead the bus to have a massive 10 metre start on the traffic that makes no difference in reality that cause the congestion in the first place." Perhaps if fewer people tried driving through a city which is totally unsuitable for lots of vehicular traffic then the buses would be more efficient and there would be a greater incentive in using them. bloodaxe
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11:37am Fri 23 Nov 12

greenmonkey says...

"Perhaps if fewer people tried driving through a city which is totally unsuitable for lots of vehicular traffic then the buses would be more efficient and there would be a greater incentive in using them." well said Bloodaxe. Would also cut the dangerous levels of air pollution that are now forcing developers to seal the windows to prevent the polluted air getting into them (as decided yesterday for student accommodation on Lawrence St)
"Perhaps if fewer people tried driving through a city which is totally unsuitable for lots of vehicular traffic then the buses would be more efficient and there would be a greater incentive in using them." well said Bloodaxe. Would also cut the dangerous levels of air pollution that are now forcing developers to seal the windows to prevent the polluted air getting into them (as decided yesterday for student accommodation on Lawrence St) greenmonkey
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