We are very excited to share our final report with you. It was submitted to AHRC and is “draft” before it’s approved, but we wanted to publish it all the same. We’ve condensed many hours of interviews, workshops, research and discussion into just 15 pages. You can download the report here.
In short, we found that the organisations we researched in depth (Antiform/Remade in Leeds and Makerhood) are having a substantial impact on the people who engage with their activities, with participants responding to the values of localism, community building, sustainability and creativity that the organisations promote. These organisations’ activities are important in building and maintaining connectedness in local communities. We also found that there was a multitude of diverse making enterprises in the UK and beyond working hard to create a difference in their communities.
Bringing together some of them through the Create Connect Sustain workshops proved a very valuable part of the project. Workshop participants reflected on their work, shared learning and talked about the impact they are having. You can find case studies on this website, an overview of these organisations in our report. We are grateful to the following organisations for taking part: Assemble & Join (London / UK-wide), Building Bloqs (Edmonton, North London), Daniel Charny (Kennington, London), Emilie Taylor (Sheffield), Fairly Square (Central London), Keep & Share (Hereford/Leeds), Leeds Bread Co-op (Leeds), Rekindle (Christchurch and Auckland, New Zealand), Remade in Edinburgh, Riversmeet (Cumbria), South London Makerspace, The Drawing Shed (East London), The Remakery (South London), and The Working Wool studio (Bristol).
Below is a film from our final workshop looking at the impact of local making and remaking enterprises.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the research. We hope the findings will be useful to makers, researchers and policy makers alike. The project is now finished, but you can keep in touch with us and other people interested in local making issues by joining our Facebook Group.