Tessy Britton is Director of Participatory City, an initiative that will start to build a large urban Demonstration Neighbourhood in a London borough (of 200,000+ residents) in early 2017. Working closely with the local authority and many other collaborators the intention is that over a 5 year period this neighbourhood will become a model of equality, wellbeing and sustainability.
For the last 6 years Tessy has been researching and prototyping new ways to support widespread practical participation, the kind of participation that works with the fabric of daily life.
Local people have been inventing unique and innovative projects across the globe. Taken together these projects paint a picture of a different kind of neighbourhood - where positive effects are generated - by everyone, for everyone - in the course of going about their daily lives.
Participatory City aims to re-organised our systems of participation, to allow for new platforms, networks and spaces to be built, that create the conditions where citizens, government and other institutions can collaborate together more effectively to invigorate places.
This new approach sees participation as a key building block for building cohesive and sustainable cities of the future. Through the participatory ecology created, neighbourhoods could be re-organised not just for practicality, but also to be inspiring and exciting places to live: expanding our horizons, growing ideas and projects, inventing new livelihoods.
Tessy works with an international network of incredible people who are all inspired by the idea that by re-designing parts of how society works, we can build harmonious neighbourhoods together - and where prosperity is more equally shared.
Where I'll be
12th April - London
13th April - Edinburgh
14th April - London
15th April - Bristol
16th April - New York
17th - 18th April - Detroit
19th - 20th April - Providence, Brown University
21st April - New York
26th April - London
27th - 29th April - Erfurt, Germany
17th - 18th May - York
21st May - Edinburgh
2nd June - Edinburgh
14th - 17th June - Philadelphia - Act Urban - Gehl Institute
11th - 12th July - Bogota, Colombia - Bloomberg Mayors Challenge 2016 Finalist's Ideas Camp
21st - 22nd July - Edinburgh
29th - 30th September - Northern Ireland
Director Participatory City
Expert - Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge 2016
Judge - The Observer /Nesta New Radicals 2016
Co-founder and Editor in Chief - Community Lover's Guide to the Universe
Guest lecturer - Saïd Business School - Oxford University
Guest lecturer - Labgov - LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli - Rome
Guest lecturer - Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs - Brown University
Mentor - MA Narrative Environments - Central Saint Martins
Fellow - The RSA
Emotional Intelligence specialist
Director of Project 00
Lambeth Council - Co-operative Council team for The Open Works
Named 50 New Radicals 2014 with Civic Systems Lab
Chair of the RSA Fellowship Council
Co-founder Civic Systems Lab
Co-founder Social Spaces
Lecturer - Chichester University MA Education - 'Metacognition for wellbeing and learning' module
Member of International Mind, Brain and Education Society