New ways of working…
Mapping local action:
Director, Mapping for change
SCP - What is civil society doing?
Activities around the SCP agenda:
Consumer focussed campaigning & lobbying
Work in multi-stakeholder processes & alliances
Engaging with communities
Issues emerging from the ‘Action Town’ programme
A range of problems to tackle
Plenty of activity – needs to be more effective. We need:
Better dissemination of examples of good practice
To show what is effective and ‘mainstream’ this work
To go beyond preaching to the converted
To link to social and winder media
To inform and impact on political campaigns.
But ‘just what is SCP’?
It is the nature of ‘SCP’ that it is difficult to define
what ‘it’ is.
We lack common principles which could be used
as a basis for joint working.
Those who see this as their ‘single issue’ are a
very small group.
The linking of consumption and production makes
it more complex.
Too big an issue?
Most NGOs only approach this through
Little focus on policy and global issues.
There is a lack of capacity and of the skills
needed to address, engage with and influence
work on these issues.
Many other priorities for NGO activity
A lack of leadership and support
Any NGO looking to work on biodiversity or
waste will find networks to provide information
This is not the case with SCP.
ANPED has focused on this issue but is small.
EEB may promote these ideas, but mostly to
So much of what smaller civil society groups
want to know about is being done by…
…Smaller civil society groups
If this work is to develop we need to:
Make it easy to find what is happening
Avoid duplication but replicate where
Provide advice and support
We need innovation in our information systems
Lessons from on-line mapping:
Keeping it all together
It’s almost impossible to know what’s going
on in any large city (or diffuse rural area)
Traditional networks work for those already
Many new ideas emerging
Mapping for Change
A social enterprise set up as a partnership between
the London 21 sustainability network and University
Provide participatory mapping services to
communities, voluntary sector organisations, local
authorities and developers using a suite of innovative
tools for communication.
Five years ago: the London 21Green Map
The first on-line Green Map
The value of mapping
Any thing that is ‘based in a place’ can be placed
on a map
This can turn a ‘directory’ into a living resource
Organisations can design their own maps to
record the information that they want to use and
that they want others to see
Maps can be local, wider-ranging and / or
We can map
Quantitative data - measurements of the local
environment or the economy.
Qualitative data - surveys of people’s perceptions,
the things people like, dislike or want to change.
Ideas - or at least the places where ideas can turn into
reality: possible sites for growing food or creating new
play spaces, or sites that need to change.
Stories and histories - records of what has happened
in an area can be linked to specific places
Localising this: the Hackney Wick
Community Map (and others like it)
So what could we map for SCP?
One part of London has mapped:
Community Views and Facilities
Made Here and Independent Shops
Home improvement and repairs
Mapping for SCP: one approach
A London-wide map of resources for climate and consumption
1. Climate-focused bodies (including campaign groups, transition
2. Community / resource centres
3. Renewable energy projects and energy advice centres
4. City Farms and larger community gardens / food-growing / green
5. Community health / well-being projects
6. Key ethnic minority / faith / cultural / refugee / organisations and
7. Time Banks and other local economic development projects
8. Community media organisations
9. Upcoming relevant events
Mapping good practice across Europe
Easy as local at one level
How does this impact on policy?
Any interested agency can find out more
about what is really happening
Any individual can get active more easily –
this may lead to their greater engagement in
Policy needs infrastructure for
implementation – maps can show existing
work and also the gaps
Maps tells us where we should be
“It is not down in any map; true places
never are”. - Herman Melville (Moby Dick)
Or maybe we don’t have the right kind of
Mapping for change.org.uk
Chris Church firstname.lastname@example.org