What we do
Founded in 2004, Global Generation is an educational charity, which works together with local children and young people, businesses, residents and families in Camden, Islington and Southwark to create healthy, integrated and environmentally responsible communities. We offer practical experiences and employment pathways to young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and give them the social, emotional and practical skills to make a difference in the world. Ecology, education and enterprise are at the heart of everything we do, and we have developed a wide range of educational programmes, all of which reflect our core value of: I, We and the Planet.
The Skip Garden, which is our homebase, is the largest of the 26 community and commercial gardens that we have co-created with local businesses, restaurants, schools and young people in and around the King’s Cross Development site. Here we grow fruit and vegetables alongside our thriving café, where we serve nutritious, seasonal food. The café also offers work experience and employability programmes to those often marginalised by society, such as young people with special needs, the elderly and refugees. Our community outreach and development projects bring together local school children and business employees, vulnerable families living in the area and local volunteers. All of this helps to nurture a close-knit and collaborative community, which cares about its environment - and about the planet as a whole.
To date we have created over 10,000 opportunities for local children and young people, 150 young people have graduated from our Youth Leadership programme and 100 young people have achieved our Horticulture and Businesses BTECs. We have also started a new collaboration in Canada Water, where we are helping to involve the local community in co-creating the public realm of this new British Land Development.
We use land-based activities and the metaphors of ecological and cosmic processes to support building community between each other and the natural world. We primarily work with local young people, businesses and families in King's Cross as well as at our campsite in Wiltshire. We combine activities such as supporting bees, carpentry, urban food growing, cooking, and eating together with dialogue, story, creative writing, silence and stillness. These practices help us to create the conditions for people to come together in a fuller and more connected sense of who they are and what they are a part of and from that space, to support them to practically contribute to ecological and social change.
We have developed a methodology based around the three territories of 'I, We and the Planet' which is present in all the work that we do. This approach provides space for people to increase awareness of self, to connect to each other and to connect to the natural world. Whilst our activities are practical and hands on, bringing raw nature, elemental forces and a sense of adventure to the city, the work is grounded in values and widening of perspective to help establish a fertile foundation for growing a less consumerist and a more creative future.
Our sites provoke curiosity. They are sustainable and creative, giving individuals the opportunity to step beyond the familiar ‘business as usual’ world, encouraging them to join together with others to grow a new story in which the seemingly impossible is continuously in a process of becoming possible.
Our city base is the Skip Garden, a moveable urban food growing garden in the middle of the King's Cross development site. Amongst the rise of glass and steel buildings, it is an urban oasis in which herbs, chillies, apples, sweet potatoes and cabbages grow out of skips and planters made out of scaffold boards and other reclaimed materials. In King's Cross, we also create gardens on rooftops and restaurant terraces.
Our country home is in the middle of Pertwood Organic Farm in Wiltshire, where inner city young people and office workers get to experience the simplicity of living off the land and the canopy of stars at night.