Tessy Britton has documented people-led initiatives across the country and is now helping to create civic ecosystems in the west Midlands and Lambeth. She talks to New Start about having her imagination captured by the idea of widescale creative civic participation. —————————————————————————————- You started on this journey with Hand Made, which documented the emergent community culture. Where did the idea of people-led initiatives come from? I put together the crowdsourced book Hand Made four years ago. It was a diverse mixture of projects but they really inspired me. I then did the Travelling Pantry and that was an incredible experience going around the country for six months meeting people and seeing if these innovative local ideas had a similar effect on other people. I’ve probably talked to between 4000 – 5000 people in the last four years and see how excited people are by the ideas. All of our work … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Clare Goff
Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine