In comparing public and ‘elite’ attitudes to the EU, Chatham House – a British International Affairs Think Thank – reveals that, in 2017, only 9% of members of the public agree that politicians care what ‘people like them’ think. Alessandro Bellantoni, Deputy Head at the OECD, cites this report to illustrate the crisis of European Democracy during the 2nd Festival of Citizen Engagement, held in Brussels in December.Continue reading…
Mapping for Change began an exciting new project – Urbex – in September using urban exploration to engage disadvantaged young people in shaping their communities.
Mapping for Change is working with the Tower Hamlets community to undertake an Air Quality Mapping project, commissioned by The London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Continue reading…
The second European conference for citizen and participatory science, organised by the European Citizen Science Association – ECSA was held in Geneva this June. The three day event brought together some of the leading voices and minds in citizen science from across the globe to share ideas and learn from each other’s work. This international celebration of citizen science kicked off on Sunday 2nd with a Citizen Science Festival and Bioblitz for scientists and the public alike to get involved and explore the different projects that are going on throughout Europe and beyond. Continue reading…
The Mapping for Change engagement process has been piloted in Malta through a series of Participatory GIS initiatives held from December 2016 to November 2017. The participatory mapping projects were carried out as part of a doctoral thesis by Wendy Jo Mifsud and formed part of a research project led by StudjUrban within the wider Design 4D City research programme of the Valletta 2018 Foundation.
Understanding the needs and aspirations of different actors in the collaborative delivery of public sector services were among the goals of a stakeholder workshop held in October at the Canada Water Library. Key representatives from the London Borough of Southwark, voluntary sector organisations, and partners of the WeGovNow project engaged in an interactive and lively discussion.
On Wednesday 14th June, over 45 local residents and stakeholders gathered in St John’s Church in Waterloo to discuss the results of a community-led air quality monitoring programme in Lambeth.
We have now come to an end of the six month monitoring period of our Love Lambeth Air project.
Mapping for Change, for Lambeth Council, has been providing diffusion tubes to Lambeth residents and businesses to measure nitrogen dioxide outside their home or office over the course of six months from October 2016.
Overall we had 30 participants monitoring 34 sites across the borough of Lambeth from Waterloo to West Norwood. The wide spread of monitoring was only made possible with thanks to the volunteer surveyors who every month changed the diffusion tube outside their home or office and returned the old tube for it to be processed in the lab for analysis. The results from the six months of monitoring will be made available on the Community Air Quality Map.
On a lovely autumn day in the sunny city of Thessaloniki Mapping for Change joined forces with other Cap4Access team members to explore accessibility across the city. The mapping party formed part of a series of similar MapMyDay events being run across the globe, which started on September 27 , World Tourism Day. This year the United Nations (UN) World Tourism Organization chose the theme “Tourism for All. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared: “On this World Tourism Day, let us recognize that all people can and should be able to participate in tourism and enjoy unforgettable travel experiences.”
It’s that time of year when courageous mappers embrace the cold and head out to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disability! Yesterday, Mapping for Change joined forces with Health and Social Care students from London South Bank University for a voyage of accessibility discovery around Waterloo.