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Belonging and identity in new communities


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Belonging and identity in new communities

  1. 1. Thinking Battersea: Connecting DebatePlanning flourishing and sustainable communitiesSaffron WoodcraftCommunities & Housing Practice LeaderMarch 2011Slide 1 The Young Foundation 2010
  2. 2. About the Young Foundation• Named after Lord Michael Young, called “the world’s most successful entrepreneur of social enterprises” and co-author of Labour’s 1945 election manifesto.• Our core work is researching social needs and developing practical and innovative solutions to address them. We have a 55-year track record in innovation in areas including health, education, ageing, communities, and families.• Responsible for starting scores of successful ventures and organisations including the Open University, NHS Direct and Which? Magazine. Slide 2 The Young Foundation 2010
  3. 3. What does community mean in 2011?Slide 3 The Young Foundation 2010
  4. 4. Slide 4 The Young Foundation 2010
  5. 5. Provocatively Passively negative Passively positive Passively supportive Interactive and Intrusive, ‘nosey’ negative (no acknowledgement, (non-committal (recognition, hesitant supportive (proactive interference – (antisocial, maybe deliberate acknowledgement, inquiry, minimum (expression of interest, perceived or real –disturbs norms avoidance, non-social, accentuates privacy, conversation, possible readiness to help and excessive inquisitiveness, of privacy) may imply isolation) ‘keep meself-to- readiness to help in time support in time of lack of sensitivity, meself’) of need, not clarified) need is made clear, disturbs norms of balanced with privacy) sensitivity to personal privacy) Most people are here on the spectrum Source: Kevin Harris, Local Level (2006) A spectrum of neighbouring
  6. 6. What is a community: an alternative view • Physical boundaries to promote geographical identity • Rules and laws specific to the area, e.g. car free areas • Local myths & stories • Visible leadership • Strong social relationships, networks & bonds • Rituals and rhythms • Possibly shared belief system, e.g. garden cities, new towns, eco-cities
  7. 7. Connecting new and existing communitiesSlide 8 The Young Foundation 2010
  8. 8. Common problems1. Engaging existing residents2. Emotional & social barriers3. Creating neutral spaces4. Engaging future residentsSlide 9 The Young Foundation 2010
  9. 9. Exploring how to build a cohesive community with new and existing residents of Barking Riverside, East LondonSlide 10 The Young Foundation 2010
  10. 10. Territory and mobilitySlide 11 The Young Foundation 2010
  11. 11. Feedback circuits Home, neighbourhood & physical environmentReligion andvoluntary Power&politicsorgs Family&friends Economy
  12. 12. Nurturing new communitiesSlide 13 The Young Foundation 2010
  13. 13. Social Social andinfrastructure cultural life + connection to local/ regional economy + green building, environmental innovation, incentives for pro-environmental Voice and behaviour Space to grow influence
  14. 14. 1. Social infrastructure•Need for services andsupport, not just buildings•Early provision is crucial•Lack of social infrastructureaffects community wellbeing•Identity and reputationSlide 15 The Young Foundation 2010
  15. 15. 2. Social and cultural life • Community identity & belonging • Tolerance, respect, engagement • Pro-social behaviour • Good design supporting social lifeSlide 16 The Young Foundation 2010
  16. 16. 3. Voice & influence• Giving voice and influenceat the planning stage• Shaping opportunities forinfluence• Maintaining structuresand initiatives for the longtermSlide 17 The Young Foundation 2010
  17. 17. 4. Space to grow• New communities evolve slowlyas social networks develop &populations age & shift• Master-planning needs to beflexible and adaptable• New communities need flexibleuse of land & buildings• Informal spaces & temporaryuses should be encouraged• Local engagement &governance structures also needtime to developSlide 18 The Young Foundation 2010
  18. 18. Slide 19 The Young Foundation 2010
  19. 19. For more information about Future Communitiescontact:saffron.woodcraft@youngfoundation.orgtricia.hackett@youngfoundation.orgwww.neveragainfuturecommunities.wordpress.comwww.futurecommunities.netwww.youngfoundation.orgSlide 20 The Young Foundation 2010
  20. 20. About the Young FoundationThe Young Foundation brings together insight, innovation andentrepreneurship to meet social needs.We have a 55-year track record of success with ventures such as theOpen University, Which?, the School for Social Entrepreneurs andHealthline (the precursor of NHS Direct).We work across the UK and internationally – carrying out research,influencing policy, creating new organisations and supporting othersto do the same, often with imaginative uses of new technology.www.youngfoundation.orgSlide 21 The Young Foundation 2010