Inspired by 20 years of work in communities, Knowle West Media Centre has developed a range of action research resources for others to use and learn from.
Our action research process has generated a range of toolkits, resources and processes. A selection of resources are available here.
These ‘actionable insights’ are developed through co-design and participative learning that takes place during our projects. Due to the flexible and responsive nature of these projects, the resources address a range of topics and are used for a variety of tasks.
‘Smart city’ initiatives have the potential to connect people more easily, make cities more efficient, and use technology to address...
‘Smart city’ initiatives have the potential to connect people more easily, make cities more efficient, and use technology to address issues affecting our urban centres. But just because a city is ‘smart’, it doesn’t automatically follow that everyone who lives there is more empowered. We have collaborated with Ideas for Change to develop “The Bristol Approach to Citizen Sensing” – a framework that can help us create ‘smart cities’ where the power of technology is harnessed to tackle the issues that people care about. A booklet illustrating the Approach in action will be available to download soon.
The Tips & Tricks series includes three sets of 20 recommendations for activism and collaboration. Inspired by twenty years of...
The Tips & Tricks series includes three sets of 20 recommendations for activism and collaboration. Inspired by twenty years of learning and activity, including work with academics, women activists from Knowle West, and Living Labs from across the world, the cards and posters can be used as a workplace resource, a discussion-starter or a reflection tool to start new conversations and see the ‘everyday’ with fresh eyes. Find out more here.
We worked with Constance Fleuriot and Clodagh Miskelly to research and create a handbook that provides an introduction to the things you might consider when developing a ‘socially engaged’ project that uses digital media or mobile technologies in some way.
From 2011-2013 we worked with 40 households in Knowle West on an innovative energy monitoring project that aimed to reduce energy consumption by 20%. A Best Practice Guide was produced drawing on the findings from work in Spain, Germany and the UK.
During the Active Travel project, we worked with local residents to produce a locally relevant guide book to inspire people to increase their level of physical activity.
During Carbon Makeover we developed a passbook that was given to 100 households in Knowle West. It was designed to provide guidance and support to residents in reducing their carbon footprint.