Hannah Directory is a yearly print publication, website and launch week of events celebrating the great stuff that people are doing in places in England's north, and asking how even more of it can happen.
It is named after and inspired by suffragette and rebel Hannah Mitchell.
Hannah Directory finds great stuff happening in music, business, the arts, new kinds of social organisation, scientific discovery and anything else.
The first edition was in 2013, and so far well over 100 people and organisations have taken part, in Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Durham, York, Hull, Otley, Huddersfield, Hebden Bridge, Halifax, Ossett, Dewsbury, Berlin, Krakow, Asheville (North Carolina), Kemionsaari (Finland), Wakefield, St. Helens, Brierfield, Salford, Stockport, Preston, Barrow, Liverpool, Alnmouth, Leigh, Penrith and Sheffield.
This is one of the broadest networks in the region.
Hannah Directory answers the question "How can even more great stuff happen?" in three ways.
The first is the inspiration that comes from highlighting how much is already happening, and the directory is only one tiny snapshot of everything wonderful that is going on.
The second is by growing connections. Most of the people and organisations in the directory have been recommended by others. Each new link is a pathway along which ideas, trust, and even co-operative activity can be shared.
Third is by doing it ourselves. Together we have all the resources we need to make places in England's north into anything we want them to be.
If you would like to share and champion the directory, please do start doing it in any way that feels right, and you will be very welcome as a part of Hannah Directory.
Hannah Directory is a not-for-profit initiative. Contributors are invited on merit and there is no fee for inclusion.