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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

The Social Life of Cities: stories about urban innovation

Date: | Posted by: Nicola Bacon, Saffron Woodcraft

Date: December 20 2013

Posted by: Nicola Bacon, Saffron Woodcraft


Nicola Bacon and Saffron Woodcraft set out why it matters that we pay more attention to the way that individuals and communities are shaping their cities, and why this is the focus of the first publication from the Social Life of Cities collaborative, ten stories of urban innovation from cities across the world. What is… → Read More

Squeezed Out?

Date: | Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Date: November 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Last week I met a young woman who was proud of her home and her child. She was on her own and had been through a difficult time when pregnant, living in a one-room studio with a couple who were drinking heavily. She had gone to the local council (in London) for help as homeless… → Read More

Urgent need for innovation in placemaking

Date: | Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Date: October 22 2012

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

As the UK Government sets out its plans to accelerate housebuilding to meet soaring demand for homes in England, there is an urgent need to find ways of making sure that the new places that are created as a result of the current policy drive become the thriving communities of the future, rather than expensive… → Read More

Is community organising just what’s needed in these tough times?

Date: | Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Date: July 04 2011

Posted by: Nicola Bacon

Community organising suddenly came into vogue last summer with the ringing endorsement of the new government, announcing their backing for a programme of 5,000 community organisers. But what is ‘community organising’? The intellectual heritage of the concept is complex – the US tradition of Saul Alinksy, more confrontational and disruptive, drawing on the power of… → Read More