Small Works: Supporting social enterprise, supporting your community

On 10th November 2016, Clear Village played host to a dynamic mix of community members, social entrepreneurs, housing providers and local government representatives. After kicking off the event with a “market” at Small Works Kings Cross, where attendees could get to know the social enterprises working from our Small Works spaces, we all headed to […]

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Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures

“I realized that basically the way that cities are being developed is a little broken.” — Thomas Ugo Ermacora, founder, Clear Village   Recoded City examines alternative urban design, planning and architecture for the other 90%: namely the practice of participatory placemaking, a burgeoning practice that co-author Thomas Ermacora terms ‘recoding’. In combining bottom-up and top-down means […]

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Community fundraising via Project Soup

Inspired by the success of the soup events in Detroit our friends at Small Works Kings Cross and Small Works Victoria are bringing #PROJECTSOUP to London! The concept for Project Soup is simple: + £5 entrance for a bowl of soup and 1 vote + 4 local groups pitch their idea for a community activity + each presenter has […]

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Thoughts about Clear Village’s future – by Thomas Ermacora

As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to share a number of reflections on how I see Clear Village developing in the years ahead. The first theme I would like to touch on is the relationship between participatory design and technology. Until now Clear Village has been viewed primarily as a participatory placemaking […]

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Best practice in supporting bottom-up placemaking – by Robin Houterman

In July we wrote about our view on the key messages from the Future of Places conferences in Stockholm. We talked about the emergence of new models of delivering public space in which newly emerging actors play a key role. With new technologies that facilitate these models becoming accessible to more and more people, we […]

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Local Centres Regeneration Toolkit Online!

The Local Centres Regeneration Toolkit we developed together with Opportunity Sutton is now accessible online. Sutton’s town centres and high streets, much like others in the UK, face the challenge of declining attractiveness, vacant spaces and loss of customers. The aim of the toolkit is to offer guidance to community groups, trader associations and others in […]

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Clear Village develops High Street Regeneration Toolkit

We are happy to report that Clear Village has been commissioned to develop an online toolkit to support community-led initiatives for High Streets in the London Borough of Sutton. Sutton’s High Streets, much like other High Streets in the UK, face the challenge of declining attractiveness, vacant spaces and loss of customers. The aim of […]

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Summer Programme in the Walled Garden

Clear Village has been commissioned by Havering Council to run a programme for children during the summer holidays 2014 in the Walled Garden. The programme invites children to take part in a playful, inventive and unique experience of discovery about food.  They’ll learn how to grow it and how to cook some recipes, but more […]

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Focus on impact with +Acumen – by Robin Houterman

In my previous post I wrote about the increasing importance of measuring impact and how new technologies could support this. This post goes back to the practice of measuring impact and the methodologies for doing so. Five members of the CLEAR VILLAGE team, myself included, just completed the +Acumen “Making Sense of Social Impact” course. […]

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Stephen Williams MP visits the Walled Garden

On Tuesday the 10th of June we were very pleased to welcome Stephen Williams MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to Bedfords Park Walled Garden. The minister made the visit on behalf of the Social Investment Business Group (SIB) grants, which is funded by the Department for Communities and Local […]

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Regent’s Estate Dreams Drawing Factory

Regent Estate Dreams Drawing Factory is a community-led art installation organized by Marie James of The Pink Pony and Clear Village with the residents of the Regent Estate in East London throughout March 2014, and an inspiration for all to dream and craft a better way of living together in our communities! The event was […]

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This summer on Regent Estate

Lots of new activities have started or are planned this summer at Small Works Hackney! This month, Rich Hearn, founder of GenerationHackney, joined Small Works Hackney and set up free workshops for residents seeking employment. By partnering up with local businesses to offer at-risk teenagers work experience, the organisation aims to tackle the issue of […]

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Measuring impact real-time: How new data technologies could help us demonstrate our impact – by Robin Houterman

As described in a recent Working Paper by the Third Sector Research Centre, third sector organisations are making more and more of an effort to measure their impact on individuals, communities and society as a whole. Presumably, as is suggested in the Working Paper, this is a result of an (perceived) increased pressure to demonstrate […]

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