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How can citizens share and nourish their knowledge and tools to improve their lifestyles and impact local decision-making?

The Neighbourhood Issue broadcasts the landscape of the community voices and stories. At a time where information flows and is not really filtered, this paper offers local reliable news and features the interests of communities around local change and opportunities. It is available at different access points by citizens: at bus stops, in buses, at hairdressers, bakeries, local shops, or even in GP practices. Within the Neighbourhood issue, citizens are also provided with a Living Room Activist Kit to participate in ongoing discussions. 

Iona’s mission is to connect with ‘community experts’, like Joe, the local gardener, to see if their knowledge embedded in the community could be shared in sessions at the Learning Center. The principle of these sessions is that everybody has something to share and learn from others. Today she is proposing to the people who joined the session to share their knowledge and stories in the Neighbourhood Issue.

Feedback systems and common understanding are essential in sustaining ecosystems of trust between various stakeholders and communities. Fair access to information ensures citizens can be aware of the changes that concern them. Each touchpoint of the Collective Community service supports each other to ensure appropriate feedback systems, transparency, understanding and inclusion. Ultimately the artefacts act as bridges and seek to support existing public initiatives. The most recent Neighbourhood paper features people and their stories and their local knowledge and gives feedback on the previous Community Lights Collections from Living Room Activism sessions.

Community paper featuring the landscape of the community voices and tools to engage in place-based change.

Design Opportunities

  • Direct and Indirect Networks
  • Informal Centres for Culture

Artefact in Action

Who does this primarily exist to benefit?

The Neighbourhood Issue: Citizens, grassroots and representatives.
The Learning Center: The Learning Center potentially benefits all citizens. It is a nice opportunity for intergenerational relationships. It could also benefit people who might need to spend some time outside home, school or work but also those who need to get the kids busy for a few hours.

Aspects to consider?

The Neighbourhood Issue paper: Diverse multilingual communities can still be overlooked in the distribution of materials. Connections with gatekeeper organisations need to be developed in order to provide digital and lingual alternatives.
The Learning Center: Alternative education would potentially only benefit a small number of people if we do not provide diverse time, places and lingual alternatives.

Research Evidence