- A community food supply, wickedleeks.riverford.co.uk (Jul 31, 2023) — Urban farms are bypassing supermarkets to create their own local food systems and connect communities. Robbie Armstrong
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham () is a London borough in East London. It lies around 9 miles (14.4 km) east of Central London. It is an Outer London borough and the south is within the London Riverside section of the Thames Gateway; an area designated as a national priority for urban regeneration. At the 2011 census it had a population of 187,000, the majority of which are within the Becontree estate. The borough's three main towns are Barking, Chadwell Heath and Dagenham. The local authority is the Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council. Barking and Dagenham was one of six London boroughs to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Community involvement[edit | edit source]
Every One Every Day[edit | edit source]
Every One Every Day, members.weareeveryone.org, new online network platform for Every One Every Day. added 16:57, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
weareeveryone.org, the Every One Every Day initiative, a five-year initiative that will cover the entire London borough of Barking and Dagenham.
With groundbreaking funding totaling $8.5 million, the project — which began in November — aims to work with over 25,000 people, creating 250 projects, and 100 businesses. It may feature many of the projects that occurred in West Norwood (an earlier program about how and why people participate in community activities), but will also include retrofitting an old warehouse to create a makerspace where businesses in food, manufacturing, or retail can incubate and flourish. Essentially, Britton and her colleagues are making a giant bet that collaborative city living — that is, a giant urban village — will improve the health, finances, and overall well-being of Barking and Dagenham's residents.
But right now, exactly what those projects will look like is unknown, and that's because the area's residents will come up with the ideas themselves. While Every One Every Day sounds like a top-down initiative, it's not. The organizers will help with infrastructure and provide support, but by and large, they'll simply be creating an atmosphere that builds on already-occurring activity and encourages residents' involvement and sense of ownership.
After all, facilitating genuine participation among members of an urban village or other collective gathering isn't particularly easy. Some people wind up taking on too much responsibility, and everyone frequently has to wade through long discussions to come to an agreement. Britton and her colleagues acknowledge that while public participation is likely the key to a more healthy, egalitarian future, getting there can be challenging.
So they spent their time in West Norwood looking at what works and developing best practices, and now they'll apply them in this new project. "We're trying to be completely person-centered," says Britton. Activities will be short and close to home, groups will be welcoming and non-threatening, and the aesthetic will be cheerful. "We're serious about trying to chop down every barrier possible so everyone can participate. We're enticing people back into public life, inviting them, making it exciting," she says.
It certainly worked for Trevor. Following the West Norwood project, he quit his job with London's transport authority and is now working with Britton on the new initiative. He's confident the same thing can work in Barking and Dagenham. "One thing leads to another, then another, then another — and suddenly you have all those people engaged," he says.
Barking and Dagenham is one of London's poorest boroughs, and one of a handful of boroughs that voted for Brexit, making the experiment particularly intriguing and important. The goal, ultimately, is to utilize the growing "participation culture" to build resilience and build community.
After all, in a world where the social fabric seems to be rapidly fraying, the economy is uncertain, and the future of the planet is at risk, is there a better way to hit the reset button than to come back to the neighborhood level and begin to genuinely rely on one another again?
Participatory City: the Participatory City Foundation will be starting the Every One Every Day initiative in Barking and Dagenham from August 2017.
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Open spaces[edit | edit source]
Open Corners, on weareeveryone.org
Trees, woodland and forest[edit | edit source]
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Cycle Superhighway 3 begins in Barking, to the south of Greatfields Park, linking the Borough to Canary Wharf, the City of London and the City of Westminster via a bike freeway, most of which is segregated from other road traffic. TfL plan to extend the cycle network to Barking Riverside in the future, for which the first consultations closed in winter 2019.
Food activism[edit | edit source]
- Dagenham Farm, growingcommunities.org
Towards sustainable economies[edit | edit source]
- Open Making Society Participatory City, added 15:05, 18 December 2020 (UTC)
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Tomorrow Today Streets, Creating essential micro-infrastructure for post Covid 19 neighbourhoods, TessyBritton. May 30
A time for quick action by @TessyBritton. Mar 22
Every One Every Day, new makerspace opens in London. Mar 20
Could this community project be the start of a national transformation? George Monbiot. Jan 24
Viewpoint: Imagine a future that works – for Every One, by Every One, Nov 30
The Festival of Everyone announces full programme of events across the borough this Saturday, Nov 24
Why We're Bringing A Hackathon To Barking And Dagenham, Sep 29
"Ground-breaking £6.4m initiative to create largest ever participatory project in Barking and Dagenham", Jul 31
Resources[edit | edit source]
Research[edit | edit source]
Made to Measure, Participatory City, Year 1 Report for the EVERY ONE EVERY DAY initiative