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Creative Citizens

This project asks how we can use digital media to creatively engage people in community-led design, where people come together to redesign spaces and services in their neighbourhood. Social media and web tools could offer new opportunities for community-led designs enabling new forms of civic engagement, participation and expression.


Creative Citizens' Variety Pack: Inspiring Digital Ideas From Community Projects
Edited by Dan Lockton, Catherine Greene, Alice Casey, Lizzie Raby and Abbie Vickress

As part of the Community Led Design strand of Creative Citizens, researchers from the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, in collaboration with Nesta and The Glass-House Community Led Design, have brought together a collection of twelve inspirational community projects from across the UK, which all make use of digital tools in creative ways for social benefit. 

From beekeepers to bakers, storytelling to social media, and newspapers to graphic novels, the Creative Citizens' Variety Pack offers inspiration, practical suggestions, and advice, whether you’re currently involved in a community project yourself, are looking for future ideas for your group, or just consider yourself a ‘creative citizen’.

Download the pack here

See Creative Citizens conference details here

See 2013 project here 


EPSRC and AHRC logo
AHRC and EPSRC logos

Senior Research Associates: Catherine Greene and Dan Lockton
RCA Department: Design Products
Research Funders: Connected Communities (AHRC and EPSRC, UK)
Project period: 2012 - 2014