Experiencing the Kings Cross Bee Tour

Experiencing the Kings Cross Bee Tour

The Honey Club was set up by charity Global Generation, brand agency Wolff Olins and social enterprise Urban Bees, with a mission to create a bee caring community in King's Cross – from rooftop to garden, hive to street, businesses to people. As Wolff Olins has moved out of the area, so two of Global Generation's young volunteers are now project co-leaders of The Honey Club. 
As a project co-leader one of my tasks will be to host local events around bees and honey during the year. Recently I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a bee trail around King's Cross run by Alison Benjamin co-founder of Urban Bees. It is marketed as an Airbnb experience for people looking for something to do during their stay or visit to London. As part of the experience, I met people from countries including China and Switzerland and from England.

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Project Grow!

Project Grow!

Wow, what a lot I've learnt. The seeds for the ideas surrounding my alumni project were sown with my move to London from the countryside just over a year ago. I felt strangely surrounded by so many people, but many belonging to separate communities. My mind went over and over ideas about how these communities could create something together using the natural world as inspiration.

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Rethinking Leadership

Rethinking Leadership

 

Leadership is a word I’ve never really encountered during my time with Global Generation - both 7 years ago as a Generator and in more recent times as an Intern. It certainly isn’t a word that springs to mind when I think about our team. On Tuesday however, I was lucky enough to be a participant in a training day we hosted for The Wellcome Trust’s People team (formerly Human Resources Dept) on the theme of leadership and learning which sparked a new-found fascination with exactly what it means to be a good leader, and opened my eyes to the positive impact that having a full understanding of leadership can have in all aspects of our lives. 

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Supporting The Starfish Project

Supporting The Starfish Project

On June 28th at 5pm, the Skip Garden is hosting a night filled with entertainment and great food to provide support for The Starfish Project - a volunteer-led organisation which provide meals for refugees.

Over the past few years, the phrase 'refugee crisis' has been stated and restated so frequently that it has almost been reduced to a mere soundbite; often desensitising us to the realities faced by the displaced groups of the world.

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Growing Global Generation's Culture

Growing Global Generation's Culture

My natural inclination is to shy away from the term organisational culture. It feels overused, fixed and appropriated by big business, a way to dictate and create sameness of opinion, a set of values for all to follow. However, at the same time, when asked what is of most importance to the running of Global Generation, I undoubtedly say that it is the people, how we work together, how we learn from each other, how we build trust first amongst each other and then how we expand this sense of community beyond into our wider community, creating a safe, open space for all.

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Growing It Slowly

Growing It Slowly

The process of enabling a diversity of people and waste materials to come together into something special, as it has done in the King’s Cross Skip Garden, is incremental and necessarily slow. And now we are in the very early stages of that process in Canada Water, I am realising that slow is not always easy, in terms of my own and others expectations. Designing a genuinely collaborative community process is a delicate and sometimes excruciating balance of how much to define in advance and how much to leave open for what will come out through the workshop process

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Notes from the Garden Shed

Notes from the Garden Shed

Find out about the importance of water for healthy, life-full plants!

Plants mix water together with carbon dioxide to make sugar. This takes energy, which plants get from sunlight - this process is called photosynthesis.  Water also helps plants stand up straight, even when they aren’t made of wood. They don’t have bones, but they do have cell walls and water pressure.  A mature houseplant can transpire its body weight daily. This means it gives off a lot of water! If people needed that much water, an adult would drink 20 gallons of water a day.

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Family Days at the Skip Garden

Family Days at the Skip Garden

Recently, here at the Skip Garden, we have been running a lot of family based activities. During the summer holidays, we will be running two family events a week, both free, which will involve cooking, gardening and crafts activities for parents and children to get stuck in to together. We ran similar activities last year and this year I decided we needed even more. They are very popular and a great experience for everyone involved, including the group leaders.

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Momoko's internship experience

Momoko's internship experience

6 months have passed like a typhoon, and it is almost the end of my internship with Global Generation, writes Momoko Ogihara. Time here passes really quickly, there are always many things happening in the garden, kitchen, classroom or even outside the skip garden.  Every staff member here is so passionate about what they do, they come up with many creative ideas and make the idea into reality working towards a more sustainable and fairer world.

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Eat, Think and Share – and reverse

Eat, Think and Share – and reverse

When I started organising my fieldwork in London, I contacted the Skip Garden and Kitchen and they agreed to be one of my case studies, writes Brigida Marovelli. I first found out about the Skip Garden when mapping food sharing for SHARECITY100, an online interactive database to showcase information for over 4000 initiatives in 100 cities around the world. This was the early stage of my involvement with SHARECITY research project, a five year research project led by Professor Anna Davies at Trinity College Dublin funded by the European Research Council. The project explores the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies.

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Notes from the garden shed: April 2017

Notes from the garden shed: April 2017

Fungi have been on my mind recently or, more precisely, on my trifle!  Yes, even my beloved trifle (in the fridge) has succumbed to a deadly attack from a grey mould. It’s got me thinking about what a mixed relationship we have with this kingdom, separate from plants and animals. Perhaps we’ve all personally suffered attacks from said kingdom – the dreaded ‘athlete’s foot’ or dandruff – but us gardeners at the Skip Garden have other uses for this family.  Firstly, without a good range of fungi, our compost wouldn’t decompose so quickly or so well and now we add mycorrhizal fungi to our soils to make a symbiotic relationship with our plants' roots, getting much better health and growth – so, love them or hate them, we really couldn’t live without them.

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