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This article is an offshoot of Community action London focusing on community resources and assets. Resources such as community involvement, networks, and events (people and relationships) can be considered as primary resources. Also resources are the activism and physical assets (or what citizens value), such as green spaces and biodiversity, cycle lanes, etc, from the other London community pages.

The majority of our information about resources is collated via our place pages...Near you. Basic needs London (Community energy, Land activism, Housing activism) and Food activism London are separate articles.

Library of things[edit | edit source]

Library of Things: A local neighbourhood activator
Authors: Library of Things, Mar 21, 2019

Library of Things is a women-led circular economy start-up affordably renting out useful items like drills, sound systems and sewing machines from high street hubs like libraries. Having developed the service in London since 2016, we are now working with local authorities, businesses and communities to bring borrowing to every neighbourhood that wants it. This is all part of fulfilling our mission to make borrowing better than buying – for individuals, communities and the planet.[1]

News and comment

  • News How rental ‘libraries of things’ have become the new way to save money, (May 06, 2024)
  • News Library of Things helping Charlton Kings residents save money, BBC News (Apr 11, 2024)
  • News Sustainable Tiverton preparing to open it's ShareShop, a 'community store cupboard' where people can borrow household/travel/event things at low cost., (Sep 18, 2023)


2021: Year in Review, Library of Things, Dec 16[2]

Visions[edit | edit source]

Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]

Health and wellbeing[edit | edit source]

Citizens data initiative

  • Right to Know, Learn about the systemic and environmental trends that could be impacting your health., enter your postcode for local results, added 10:26, 18 January 2022 (UTC)


Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]


Free stuff[edit | edit source]

Sharing[edit | edit source]


Maps: mapjam-2016-london

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Air pollution and citizen science - Alice
Authors: London Sustainability Exchange, Oct 17, 2019

Environment quality: A recent study from King's College in London estimated that, in London alone, roughly 9,500 premature deaths each year are linked to high levels of air pollution.[3]

Blog, London data store - London's Poverty Profile

Funding[edit | edit source]

London Mayor's Office and Spacehive[edit | edit source]

The London Mayor's Office has teamed up with the U.K.-based civic crowdfunding service Spacehive to support community driven initiatives throughout the city.

Local groups placing projects on the platform can apply for a pledge from the Mayor of up to £20,000 ($25,960). The "Regeneration" office (which belongs to the Greater London Authority) uses several criteria to judge the projects. Their endorsement not only gives a direct financial boost, but also makes the projects more visible and credible for other potential donors, thus attracting more and bigger donations. The city government assists in other ways as well, such as setting up meetings with key stakeholders and helping project initiators to find good consultants to maximize impact and to support delivery. The goal is to innovate with a limited amount of money, empower people to participate in developing the city, and promote citizen power and new forms of engagement.

According to the city of London's website, 57 projects have been supported in the first three rounds; with £800,000 ($1.03 million) worth of pledges made by the Mayor, leveraging more than £900,000 ($1.16 million) of crowdfunding match from more than 6,000 backers. Campaigns backed by the Mayor had a 95 percent success rate, compared to a 47 percent average success rate for those that did not get such support.

Initial evaluation has revealed significant social impact. Local groups delivering projects have cited increased civic pride, skill development, new community bonds and improved knowledge of the planning and development process as consequences of the program.[4]

Learn more from:

Civic Crowdfunding Programme (Spacehive)

Other links[edit | edit source]


Crowdfund London

Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Livingmaps Network, network of researchers, community activists, artists and others with a common interest in the use of counter mapping for social change, public engagement, critical debate and creative forms of community campaigning. added 14:13, 31 March 2022 (UTC)

Charge point map, Source London - Find your nearest fountain - London Neighbourhood Forums, February 2013 (PDF) - Mapping for Change - OpenEcoMaps uses OpenStreetMap - Staying 'Cool' in the City

Cycling: Central London Grid

Education: London Sustainable Schools Map

Environment quality: How polluted is my road?

Food: London Community Food Map

Open spaces:

How green is London? These 34 maps have the answer

Trees, woodland and forest: Map of London trees maintained by local authorities

Walking: #walklondon

Research[edit | edit source]

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Centre for London is London's dedicated think tank. Based in the UK, it undertakes research and organises events aimed at developing new solutions to the capital's critical challenges. The Centre, which is politically independent, advocates for a fair and prosperous global city.

The Centre is a registered charity. It is funded by a mixture of public, private and third sector supporters.

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages


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Keywords library of things, visions uk
Authors Phil Green
License CC-BY-SA-4.0
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 23 pages link here
Aliases Resources London
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Created July 28, 2023 by Phil Green
Modified July 24, 2024 by Kathy Nativi
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