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

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The State of UK Hyperlocal Community News: A Survey

July 7th, 2014 by Andrew Williams in Hyperlocal | no comments

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A report based on the largest ever survey of UK hyperlocal news producers has been published. In November last year a research team I’m involved with launched a survey of hyperlocal community news producers. We wanted to find out what kinds of news hyperlocal sites produce, what democratic roles their news might play, and how […]

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Creative place-making  Part I: Communicative Ecologies and Asset Mapping within Wards Corner Community Coalition

June 16th, 2014 by Giota Alevizou in Community-led Design Research | 2 comments

WCC group creating an asset map

At the end of April 2014, Wards Corner Community Coalition (WCC) announced that the Planning Department of Haringey Council has been granted planning permission for the Community Plan proposing the restoration of the Wards Corner building. This  has been a contested site and host of a vibrant, indoor, Latin American Market above Seven Sister’s Tube in […]

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A DIY guide for creative citizens: Another reason to sign up for our September conference.

May 29th, 2014 by Jerome Turner in Research | no comments

This post is by the project’s Principal Investigator, Professor Ian Hargreaves Excellent day’s discussion in Bristol with some authors of DIY Citizenship, a new book from MIT Press which tackles many of the same issues as our Creative Citizens project. Professor Megan Boler (University of Toronto) was at the Bristol Pervasive Media Studio to open […]

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Introducing The Story Machine: Part 2

May 14th, 2014 by Dan Lockton in Community-led Design Research | no comments

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Co-creation of the Story Machine In Part 1, we discussed some of the challenges and ‘process friction’ in integrating digital storytelling into community activities, and introduced our initial work with The Mill, a community centre in Walthamstow, east London, which provides space and resources for local creative citizens to organise groups, events and activities. The […]

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