Published in 2023

Cross-pollination is a practical approach to incubating networks of place-based projects, collaborative research and innovationThe approach is based on the principle of creating a sharing economy of assets (skills, projects and resources) among different people and organisations, across disciplines and sectors.

Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking (Jan 2022- April 2023), was a knowledge exchange project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under their Place programme based off of this approach. The project is a collaboration between The Open University and The Glass-House Community Led Design, working in partnership with the locally-based partners in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales; Barnet, London; Gleadless Valley, Sheffield and Glasgow, Scotland.

A cross-pollination process can take many different forms, but it is often realised  as a workshop bringing actors from different disciplines, sectors and backgrounds together to start a conversation about their assets and their places. 

Our latest film in the series is intended to work alongside the Cross-pollination Resource Pack and serves as a demonstration of the workshop process through four simple steps.

The film was created during a cross-pollination workshop in Edinburgh in March 2023 by filmmaker Emma Crouch.

Read more about Cross-pollination: Growing cross-sector design collaboration in placemaking on the project blog here.