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Mapping for sustainable consumption initiatives

  1. 1. New ways of working… Mapping local action: supporting sustainable consumption initiatives Chris Church ANPED Trustee Director, Mapping for change
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. Consumer campaigns 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. Too big an issue?   Most NGOs only approach this through projects.   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
  6. 6. A lack of leadership and support   Any NGO looking to work on biodiversity or waste will find networks to provide information and support.   This is not the case with SCP.   ANPED has focused on this issue but is small. EEB may promote these ideas, but mostly to larger organisations   So much of what smaller civil society groups want to know about is being done by…   …Smaller civil society groups
  7. 7. So… If this work is to develop we need to:  Make it easy to find what is happening  Avoid duplication but replicate where appropriate  Share information  Provide advice and support We need innovation in our information systems
  8. 8. 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 engaged   Many new ideas emerging
  9. 9. Mapping for Change   A social enterprise set up as a partnership between the London 21 sustainability network and University College London   Provide participatory mapping services to communities, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities and developers using a suite of innovative tools for communication.
  10. 10. Five years ago: the London 21Green Map The first on-line Green Map
  11. 11. 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 thematic
  12. 12. Local Mapping 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
  13. 13. Localising this: the Hackney Wick Community Map (and others like it)
  14. 14. 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   Organisations   Reuse/Recycle facilities   Conservation Areas    Events    Green Areas    Youth Activities
  15. 15. Those categories in use
  16. 16. Mapping for SCP: one approach A London-wide map of resources for climate and consumption 1. Climate-focused bodies (including campaign groups, transition towns, etc.) 2. Community / resource centres 3. Renewable energy projects and energy advice centres 4. City Farms and larger community gardens / food-growing / green spaces 5. Community health / well-being projects 6. Key ethnic minority / faith / cultural / refugee / organisations and networks 7. Time Banks and other local economic development projects 8. Community media organisations 9.  Upcoming relevant events
  17. 17. Mapping good practice across Europe Some issues:   Easy as local at one level   Who chooses?   Who maintains?
  18. 18. 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 lobbying etc.   Policy needs infrastructure for implementation – maps can show existing work and also the gaps
  19. 19. Maps tells us where we should be going… “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 maps… Yet…
  20. 20. Mapping for change.org.uk Thankyou! Chris Church chrischurch@phonecoop.coop

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