Civic Studio fits the brief for the High Street Fund by hosting activities and occupying empty space. We are asking for £18,500 to cover the cost of setting up a space where...
...People learn by doing. We will provide classes for people of all ages and backgrounds that share skills and knowledge from design, science and digital technology to help them turn their aspirations into action.
...People have a space to think. We will create an inviting, accessible workspace for people to come together, talk about their work, get some advice and support, and have time to research and learn from others.
...Great work is born. We will lead by example and use the space to make and test ideas we believe will tackle the important social issues in the area, while linking into the objectives of Southwark Council and other local partners.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
We share the Mayor's vision that high streets should be places where local groups and organisations have the opportunity to try new ideas.
A lot of people in the area have the potential to create great things but lack the knowledge and support to make them happen. We aim to help anyone overcome these barriers and turn their good intentions into action, leading to higher individual aspirations and more local initiatives.
Everyone should have the opportunity to learn by doing but traditional education is inaccessible and detached from reality. We aim to make learning more open, agile and ideas-led, leading to an increase in the number of people receiving support that helps them progress in life.
Breakthroughs happen when professions collide but these opportunities are rare due to barriers of communication. We aim to bring people, businesses and local authorities together around common interests, leading to more strategic links between their objectives and our work.
Steps to get it done:
Only people will change the world. We believe the high street should be a place where people from different cultural, economic and educational backgrounds come together and feel able to make a positive social change in their area.
It shouldn't always be the same people giving it a go. We want to engage people who would not ordinarily rub up against social innovation practice.
We are confident we can turn the high street into a place where learning, creative thinking, making and connecting can happen more fluidly across different sets of people.
About the space
High street workspace