Speculative Design Brief Response #4

A film created during the early research phase of Co-creating CARE: Community Learning Through Collaborative Making, which also resulted in several other short films. Film proposed by Fiona Hackney, Associate Professor Design Cultures & Community Engagement, Falmouth University

CARE, which stands for ‘community asset-based research and enterprise,’ is a research project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme. It brings together an interdisciplinary team of academics, practitioners and community researchers to work collaboratively with hobbycraft groups. The aim is to test and develop a methodology for co-produced community learning through creative practice, skill-sharing and storytelling that builds confidence and promotes self-reflection and reflexivity.

Millions engage in creative hobbies such as knitting, crochet, embroidery, woodworking, metalwork, photography, quilting, lace-making, basket making, tatting, beadwork, model making and weaving, that are undertaken voluntarily for pleasure and involve high levels of ingenuity, competence and creativity. Hobbies represent an important area of community assets and strengths: skills, knowledge, expertise and capabilities that are often devalued or dismissed and which, if recognised, might be developed and applied more widely through volunteering, training, community activism, small business or social enterprise.


About Lucy Kimbell

Director, Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London. AHRC research fellow, Policy Lab, Cabinet Office. Associate fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford. Author of Service Innovation Handbook. @lixindex
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