In an earlier video here, Robin Johnson introduces the site and its features, and outlines the benefits of becoming an active, participating member. But for the most recent news and developments, see News and Events; or the Newsletters.

See also: the Future Developments pages for more technical developments

A community of practice online

Not one but three 'Big Ideas' motivate the development of this site.

  • The first, of course, is the very idea of a PIE - a psychologically informed environment.
  • The second is the prospect of using the web, as a communication channel, with video, webinars, and a full searchable Library. 
  • The third is the ambition of then creating an on-line community of practice, and so to help both to transcend distance; and to ‘close the loop’ between research, policy, and practice.

The video below gives a 'rough and ready' introduction to the site - with a little de-bunking of any suggestion that this website is a polished, hi-tech operation. For more on how we mean to use this website to help support a community of practice around PIEs, take a look at the page on the Community of Practice (coming soon!)

For a quick introduction to the idea of a PIE, have a look at the page called "What's the Big Idea?"; watch the “Handy Guide”; and have a browse through the Questions page.

(For a more extensive discussion of where the PIE idea is currently going, see "Is the PIE evolving?")

NB: Those who register as members can also then browse the collected papers, videos etc in the Members’ Library, and get involved in particular discussions via the Forums.


Developing the project

The original PIELink site - - was developed as an experiment by RJA consultancy of Nottingham. This new site has been developed, building upon that foundation, with the generous support of a range of agencies, as listed in the "Partnerships" section.

In particular we would like to thank Jamie Baker of DarkWhite, whose technical skills and un-failing good humour have been a mainstay for some years now.


The next stage, to take this project to a fully sustainable basis, is the adoption of a formal legal status as a community interest company, to own and direct the development of the website and to continue to support the community it enables.

This "incorporation" (ie: as a company) is a necessary stage before seeking financial support and investment to enable us to mature as a social enterprise with an agreed business plan.

Future developments will include the development of an on-going partnership as an e-publishing venture with health and learning at its heart; the issues of shares to a grouping of relevant agencies in the sector; and the creation of an Editorial Board, as an off-shoot of the shareholder collective, to advise on overall direction of the PIE idea and the website content, to ensure the continuing relevance and growth of both. 

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