Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What do you love about where you live?

Article originally appeared in Sustain.
One Sunday in July I stood in a small park in a Central London and asked people to pin cards to a tree, telling me what they loved about the community around them. Not to exclude digital natives I also selected a hashtag and invited responses through social media. The fantastic responses I got were an incredibly useful start to developing a neighbourhood plan.
Neighbourhood planning requires wide engagement and an evidence basis to meet the statutory requirements of the Localism Act. Although having a public meeting and setting up a WordPress blog, Twitter account and such are undoubtedly useful, following the maxim “go where the people are” is also essential in order to create a plan that has legitimacy.

Monday, 21 July 2014


I'm asking people what they love about the Soho neighbourhood, both online and at events. The responses are interesting and can be found on Twitter.