Category Archives: Place

Making change safe and sure

Much of what stands for reluctance or resistance to change in each one of us is the result of fear. It’s difficult to acknowledge that we need to be certain and to be safe in taking new steps before we … Continue reading

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Stickiness and Reinvention

Some changes in community are just sticky. I don’t mean they are physically gooey and tacky leaving a residue on the hands that takes days to remove. Rather some changes find that sweet spot where they are genuinely at people’s … Continue reading

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Its the System Stupid!

When thinking about change for communities, it’s easy to place the blame for lack of interest, energy or will at the feet of the community members themselves. As we explored last week, it can seem to boil down to a … Continue reading

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Creating a Buzz

Over recent weeks, I’ve been delving into thinking about how change happens in communities. The role of community organiser is all about stimulating change, even revolution and understanding the factors that support and sustain change seem to me as important … Continue reading

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The Good and Bad in Gentrification

The area in which I am organising sits astride the Camberwell Road. But only a few yards north the Camberwell Road becomes the Walworth Road, a busy thoroughfare (A215) that has served the shopping needs of this traditionally working class … Continue reading

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Moving to Action

For the last few weeks, I have been exploring here some of the key concepts in community organising. The work in North Camberwell has of course continued and this week’s post updates readers on development in our work there. Building … Continue reading

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Organising Christmas?

This week we held a ‘Festive Celebration’ for local residents and others from the area. We invited loads of people in person and by distributing a simple flyer to some key places. We put up posters in the bus stops … Continue reading

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What makes up a neighbourhood?

We’ve been working in a new area of Camberwell for the last six weeks. It’s not a natural community but rather a place set between two villages: Walworth to the north and Camberwell to the south. On the road that … Continue reading

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Separate Lives

This week I’ve been visiting people in their homes again. Working my way with a different colleague each day from door to door, I’ve been struck by the incredible variety of people I meet this way. The diversity has so … Continue reading

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Organising on the Aylesbury?

It’s easy to condemn a place by reputation. There is no doubt that the Aylesbury estate in Walworth suffers from ‘estatism’. Built between 1963 and 1977 as one of the largest public housing estates in Europe and offering spacious and … Continue reading

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