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The UK's Design Council, in collaboration with Guy's and st Thomas' Hospital charity, has run a design challenge much like Amplify's - but they focused on just two London boroughs, Lambeth and my own borough, Southwark. You can see the shortlisted pr

The UK's Design Council, in collaboration with Guy's and st Thomas' Hospital charity, has run a design challenge much like Amplify's - but they focused on just two London boroughs, Lambeth and my own borough, Southwark. You can see the shortlisted pr

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Thanks for your responses Laura, they make it very clear you have a real familiarity and understanding with the area you're working in. Your emphasis on non-monetary incentives is really interesting - it would be great to spend time recording traders' own reasons for taking part as the project unfolds - this would enable us to get some insight into non-monetary motivations for potentially replicating the project in other markets.

Great to hear you will be updating Ezra. this is agreat idea and we're looking forward to hearing more. It would be great to just understand if you'd contacted any women to be leaders and done any piloting, if you're hving trouble figuring out what to focus on first!

Good luck!
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Olivia commented on Claiming Safe Spaces in Novel Ways

Thanks so much for your comments Meena and Yennie - I think one of the things I noticed on a trip that was a recurring theme was that safe space isn't about the physical attributes of the area alone. The area where Magic Bus held their after-school club in one of the communities in Delhi was an unloved strip of government land, and with YP Foundation, their area for children's clubs was a square of concrete. Both those spaces always existed in those communities, but it took cultivating an ethic around them to make them safe community spaces and not places where drunk men hung out in groups or gambled - which is what they reportedly had been before. Physical stuff absolutely seemed to help - countless people we spoke to wanted more street-lighting, cleaner spaces, mixed retail to break up rows of liquor stores. But really striking results seemed to come from creating a community ethos around an otherwise unchanged area. Which took a lot of work and community involvement....