Published: 14th Feb 2011

CLES’ new publication, launched today and supported by Groundwork UK, highlights the importance of public space and the crucial role it plays in stimulating social action and realising the coalition government’s vision for the Big Society. As prime minister David Cameron calls on Big Society to move from discussion to action, our research demonstrates how the development and maintenance of public space (local playgrounds, parks or green spaces) offers people in our communities the opportunity to get involved in Big Society. Public space is a useful medium to examine social action because it is ‘everyday’, it inspires high levels of interest and is a crucial facet of a civic identity. It’s organisations such as Groundwork that can play an important role in facilitating the development of a Big Society and public space needs to be considered a key vehicle for creating social actors and as a key route for moving … (To read the full article, subscribe below)