Q & A with Tessy Britton: Building an urban Commons

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 more, subscribe below)

Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

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  • mike reardon

    I’m chairing a partnership in East Salford called Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities (www.greenmyvalley.com). This is one of a series of Big Lottery projects across England looking for fresh approaches to sustainability. Our philosophy or theory of change is broadly in line with this. The community is amongst the most challenged in the UK yet only a mile or so from Manchester city centre. Millions have been spent on regeneration during the Blair years, much if it welcome and needed, but fundamentals have not shifted in line with the bricks and mortar. Happy to make contact and share approaches and experience.

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