Media, Community and the Creative Citizen

Come and join us at Britain’s first ‘Creative Citizens’ conference.


The Creative Citizens Conference Programme is now out with more than 30 papers, four great keynotes, a policy forum, and workshops on Value, Knowledge and Global Creative Citizenship. The conference will also launch the findings of a 20 month research project into Creative Citizenship, host a new exhibition and a News Café to keep the discussion rolling.

Royal College of Art, London September 18-19 2014

Media, Community and the Creative Citizen is a research council funded project exploring the value of creative citizenship.

Our research is organised in three complementary strands: hyperlocal publishing, community-led design and creative networks. This site tracks progress and welcomes discussion of our work.

Three strands of Research:

Hyperlocal Publishing

Our research strand hypothesises that citizenship practices around Hyperlocal Publishing will be found to generate value in a range of different ways. Read more

Community-Led Design

Community led design is a practice where individual citizens are given the opportunity to engage directly and creatively in the formulation of solutions for their own environment, whether these are physical spaces, build- ings, neighbourhoods or services. Read more

Creative Networks

How does creative citizenship generate value for communities within a changing media landscape and how can this pursuit of value be intensified, propagated and sustained?’ by exploring creative citizenship activities generated within two creative community networks. Read more

Latest Posts from the Blog

Engaging your community through hyperlocal

September 19th, 2014 by Dave Harte in Conference Hyperlocal | no comments

We recently published a new guide for hyperlocal producers to support the ways in which they can engage with the communities they seek to represent. At the Creative Citizens conference on 18 September, Rachel Howells (from Port Talbot Magnet) spoke to one of the guide’s authors, Andy Williams about the publication. Link to download ‘Community […]

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Geoff Mulgan – ‘BBC need stronger links to hyperlocals’

September 18th, 2014 by Dave Harte in Conference | no comments

Following his keynote address to our Creative Citizens conference on the 18th September, Geoff Mulgan from Nesta spoke to Sara Moseley (from Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism) about his thoughts on the value of hyperlocal journalism and how it might be sustained.

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Creative citizenship and public policy: a flibbertijibbet?

September 17th, 2014 by Dave Harte in Conference Research | no comments

As part of the Creative Citizens conference we’re holding a policy debate in partnership with the think-tank CentreForum. We’ll be asking the question: How can we unlock citizen creativity to strengthen communities? Answers will come in a battle of the key London political think-tanks involving Fabian Society, Policy Exchange, The Social Market Foundation and CentreForum. […]

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Community Engagement for Hyperlocal News Producers, A Practical Guide

September 15th, 2014 by Andrew Williams in Hyperlocal Research | no comments

Download a copy of our guide: please click here. There are many guides designed to help marketing professionals use on- and offline engagement strategies to boost sales or improve revenues. There are far fewer written to help those with more altruistic, community- or civic-minded, goals (a notable exception is the short e-book Connected: The power […]

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