About this event

The creative challenge:

We’ll be using this online creative gathering to imagine and co-design a What Would You Do with this Space? competition for young people to transform an underused space in Redbridge through a series of temporary installations and activities.

The What Would You Do with this Space? competition and winning project(s) will be led and managed by young people with a budget and a support team of mentors to help you make this happen.

This interactive creative session puts young people in charge of designing and managing the competition, and of selecting winning projects. We will also look at how other members of the Redbridge community of all ages can help support this initiative.

The opportunity:

This is a real opportunity for the community to take charge. Although not a council-led initiative, LB Redbridge will make one or more council-owned underused spaces or sites available to local young people to reuse temporarily, as ‘meanwhile’ spaces.

It’s up to you to decide how young people will make the What Would You Do with this Space? initiative work and what role you could play in making it happen.

How to take part

This creative gathering is open to people who live, work and study in the London Borough of Redbridge.

You can join this session as;

Young Spaceshaper – 18 to 25-year-olds interested in designing and managing the What Would You Do with this Space? competition.

Mentor – over 25s who would like to help support the young people leading this project

This is a free event but places are limited. Register by 17 May to secure your spot. Sign up via Eventbrite.

* This free, online gathering is being facilitated by The Glass-House Community Led Design and by The Open University, working in collaboration with LB Redbridge and Muslimah Sports Association. It is part of the Incubating Civic Leadership research project, funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.

About the research project

Incubating Civic Leadership (ICL) is a knowledge exchange project, funded through Research England’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation to the Open University.

ICL is a collaboration between the Open University, The Glass-House Community Led Design and Knowle West Media Centre.

The aim of the project is to explore and prototype new ways to ‘incubate’ and enable civic leadership by catalysing conversations and actions across sectors. As part of project activities, the ICL team works with other partners in two pilot local projects: London Borough of Redbridge and Muslimah Sports Association in East London, and the Filwood Broadway Working Group of the Knowle West Alliance in Bristol.

The project has approval from the Open University’s research ethics committee (HREC/3784/Zamenopoulos) and all researchers adhere to relevant OU policies and guidance, in particular the Ethics Principles for Research with Human Participants and the Code of Practice for Research – http://www.open.ac.uk/research/governance/policies.