Developing Potential

The Developing Potential project, delivered in collaboration with Helen Nichol of Blue Chula (UK) for the charitable organisation Local Trust (UK), produced two reports.

The first was a close study of “regeneration” projects as experienced by communities of housing estate residents, and the second was a guide for such communities on how best to engage in the regeneration process.

My role in both reports was predominantly to research historical background and contemporary developments in the community locales featured, and to pull those—and other material from elsewhere in the project—into coherent and well-structured narratives.

It was inspiring to learn about the ways in which communities have mobilised to shape—and even in some cases prevent—their disruption by external forces, whether state- or market-driven (if not, as is often the case, some combination of the two).