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Creative regeneration Jess Steele


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Presentation given by Jess Steele on 27th October 2011 at an event hosted by the Economic Development Resource Centre, University of Greenwich

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Creative regeneration Jess Steele

  1. 1. Self-Renovating Neighbourhoods Jess Steele Director of Innovation Locality
  2. 2. <ul><li>merger of bassac + the Development Trusts Association </li></ul><ul><li>nationwide network of over 650 members </li></ul><ul><li>sees every community as a place of possibility </li></ul><ul><li>promotes community enterprise, self reliance and social justice within communities. </li></ul>Locality
  3. 3. <ul><li>Our members are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led by local people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Driving social change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trading for community benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developing community assets and ownership </li></ul></ul>Our members
  4. 4. [My other interests]
  5. 5. [Background]
  6. 6. What is Regeneration? The retro-fitting of sustainability into neighbourhoods that have missed out on appropriate maintenance investment. The unleashing of resources to nurture transformational local change
  7. 7. Who is it for? RESIST THE YUPPIE INVASION Graffito in Deptford 1992 Dilution of statistical need, displacement of people, output measurement metrics, the rhetoric of empowerment DONE TO NOT DONE BY
  8. 8. Neighbourhoods Contested physical, social and cultural space The rehabilitation of power Unpredictable interventions Relies on courage, integrity, openness Communities Valuing the place is a glue that binds strangers.
  9. 9. Unlocking resources <ul><ul><li>Human </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Land & buildings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trade </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data and digital </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. HUMAN Community Allowance The best answer to the worst trap, bringing the bottom rung closer
  11. 11. How stupid is that… Stuck with a benefits system that is (still)…
  12. 12. A bureaucratic nightmare
  13. 13. Fundamentally outmoded
  14. 14. Still based on the Victorian Poor Law of 1834 “ the doctrine of less eligibility”
  15. 15. The poor always with us
  16. 16. A mirror to a working world that has been disappearing for decades
  17. 17. Switches not bridges
  18. 18. The safety net above the gutter £92 billion a year in benefits spending keeps people exactly where they are – poor and stuck.
  19. 19. We will never achieve neighbourhood renewal, community empowerment, or social justice unless we change our approach to work and worklessness.
  20. 20. The Community Allowance We want community groups to be able to pay local people to do work that strengthens their neighbourhood without losing their benefit status. #prosocial #bigsociety #step-up
  21. 21. The Phantom Economy just waiting to be unlocked welfare policy: harness the power of communities to create jobs and support people back to work welfare spend: investment in communities as well as individuals
  22. 22. HUMAN <ul><li>Community Organisers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building trust, respect, relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer-to-peer learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitators, enablers, interpreters </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. LAND & BUILDINGS <ul><ul><li>Asset development/transfer/CR2B </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meanwhile </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighbourhood planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-renovating neighbourhoods </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. MONEY <ul><ul><li>Engaged investment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venture challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community First – matching fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Lottery – people powered change? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community shares – crowd-sourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Impact Bonds (& Community Making Bonds) </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. TRADE <ul><ul><li>Community enterprise – ‘fabulous beasts’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timebanking, common bonds, local currencies, mutual marketplaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep Trade Local – LM3 and authenticity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutualising everything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Renewable energy </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. DATA & DIGITAL Type Examples Connector apps – generic Twitter, Facebook, Linked-in, etc Connector apps – specific WIKI/DAK & Knowledge Hubs Place data Rich info cupboards in the cloud
  27. 27. Self-renovating neighbourhoods <ul><li>“ On the one hand we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will only be an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s history.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Martin Luther King A Time To Break Silence (1967) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is collective local action that will transform the Jericho Road </li></ul><ul><li>Unleash the grassroots virtues of thrift and impatience </li></ul>
  28. 28. Unlock local resources <ul><ul><li>Actual not abstract </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths not needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Right now as well as long term </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Identify… </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage… </li></ul><ul><li>Unleash… </li></ul><ul><li>Anchor. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Culture eats strategy… Bruce Flye
  30. 30. @LocalityJess THANK YOU!