Since the middle of 2020 we've been reflecting deeply on our role in civil society at a time of multiple transitions and, as our friends at Dark Matter Labs have described it: ‘cascading crises’.
Prompted by the pandemic and its impacts direct and indirect, that meant an interrogation of our purpose, our practice, and the culture that supports both.
Now, as we approach the 2-year anniversary of the first lockdown, it feels timely to post some reflections on that process, how we’re thinking about ourselves and our work in 2022, and where we’re taking that next.
Sheetal Mistry, one of our Learning Experience Managers, reflects on the evolution of community engagement in response to the pandemic, and the potential for longer-term shifts in how we approach it going forward.
Platformation is a new essay created together with Stephanie Sherman from Supervisions considering the opportunity to reimagine civil society organisational design for the 21st Century
In an ongoing collaboration with Graham Leicester and Maureen O’Hara from International Futures Forum, we explore the learning spaces necessary for personal and collective transformation in a complex, urgent world.
In March 2022 we are delighted to be launching The London Engagement Lab. Designed and delivered in partnership with the GLA’s Community Engagement Team, International Futures Forum, and Migrants in Culture, the Lab will be a year long inquiry into the next horizon of community engagement practice in the city and beyond.
As we relaunch our website with a refreshed description of our work and practice, we reflect on a two year process of reflection and learning where they have taken us as a team, and where we go next with our work.