April 30, 2015

A Tale of Two Livity’s


On the eve of Livity’s 14th birthday Sam Conniff, Livity Chairman, shares an update on  the wonderful work of our South African offices.

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March 19, 2015

Achieving an even life balance


If they had told me when I left for Uni that I would be lucky enough to work & live in different countries I would have never believed it. But as one of my friends back in Spain says: “The world is there, and it’s there to be seen”.

So as I was getting to my last year of University I set myself a goal, which was: “I can’t spend the next 10 years of my life in San Sebastian. I need to go and see what else is out there”.

This trip has taken me to: London – Madrid – San Francisco (US) – Saudi Arabia – and currently London again. Who knows what other destinations are still waiting for me out there. But although it’s great to travel, work and live in different countries, but what really matters is all the free lessons you learn along the way.

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December 10, 2014

The somewhereto_ Xmas Gift Guide


One of the many great things about somewhereto_ is that we get to shine a light on young people who are making genuinely interesting stuff. Through our flagship events somewhereto_startup and somewhereto_create, we find that lots of young people are itching to make things, and through the offer of free work space, we support them in doing so.

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September 23, 2014

The Weak Made Strong


In the professional world, being young is often seen negatively due to perceived inexperience and naivety. Interestingly, these very components mixed with insight and zeal that are part of what makes up the magic of co-creation here at Livity which has led to some impressive innovative initiatives.

I recently had to face a few potential disadvantages of my own when I spent three months in the US and Canada working with, and learning from, vulnerable young women affiliated to gang activity. This is an area close to my heart and I was able to spend time with grassroots organisations across LA, San Diego, El Paso and Toronto who were effectively tackling issues affecting these young women.

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September 17, 2014

Stemming the gender divide


Livity’s Advert in Good Housekeeping

Recently we were asked to create an advert for Good Housekeeping when they were writing an article, “Maths is a Feminist Issue”, around the lack of women studying maths. We were delighted to respond.

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September 12, 2014

Livity Newsletter: Back To School!

We’ve got that ‘Back to school’ feeling and are taking a look back at everything that’s happened over the summer! Take a look below to find out about new friends we’ve made as well as new faces that have joined. All links under the newsletter, be sure to check them out!


September 11, 2014

Curious About Crowd-Funding?



Many of you will know our friends at Smarta – ‘a business support and advice network for start-ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs’. We’re proud to be one of their breakthrough 50 companies in fact.

Our FD Lyeloon and I went to a great event of theirs on Tuesday 9th Sept with the theme of collaboration, we left feeling inspired by the stories of entrepreneurs both new and more experienced – I even tweeted for the first time ever – and wanted to share with you just a few of the remarkable stories and business ideas that we heard first hand. There are hyperlinks galore below, but do try to take a look at them all, I think you’ll be inspired too.

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September 2, 2014

summer of somewhereto_

Plan B Somewhereto launch

If you were one of the few who missed the bright yellow high street takeover otherwise known as the summer of somewhereto_, then seriously…where were you during the month of July?

From 10-31st July, six high street shops across the UK from Antrim in Northern Ireland to Aberystwyth in Wales were transformed into a yellow hub, brimming with young people’s activities and really making a difference to areas that not only were lacking in engaging and inspiring opportunities, but also making the best use of shop spaces many of which had been empty for years.

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August 19, 2014

When Giving Up Is Not An Option

photo (11)Working with young people, though incredibly rewarding, can often be a challenging job. Working on the ground level requires large amounts of energy and investment for what can be an emotionally draining role. Recently, I had a couple of encounters which reminded me exactly why it is I do what I do. Read More…