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.

This film captures and collates voices and perspectives across 3 of the locations the Cross-pollination project team work with, in Merthyr Tydfil, London and Edinburgh. A huge thanks to all the project partners and all the individuals, groups and organisations that took part in the project and continue to work collaboratively to support people and lead design initiatives in their places.  

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