The People’s Library: low-tech social innovation & optimism of the will

I've been reading about the brilliant People's Library at New Cross on the RSA blogs courtesy of Sam Thomas. On the face of it, this is a Big Society triumph. In the face of swingeing public funding cuts of £88 million, 5 libraries in Lewisham faced closure. Funded by no more than £2,000 from the RSA's … Continue reading The People’s Library: low-tech social innovation & optimism of the will

Why we love low-tech social action

This morning we went to a community breakfast at our local pub, organised by a group of Christian friends from two nearby churches. It's a very simple, intuitive idea: take over a well-located local hub, serve a discounted meal and people will flock. The community breakfast is one of a series of events run by … Continue reading Why we love low-tech social action