A summer of work experience for local young people

A summer of work experience for local young people

Another academic year has whizzed on by and, during that time, we've had the privilege of working with hundreds of new young people.

With the summer holidays just around the corner, dozens of secondary school students have begun descending on our spaces for the opportunity to gain work experience with us and with our local business partners, so it's been a busy month full of new faces and lots of buzz.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2012

As Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry wrote, “There is a deep pull within us to discover and be true to the fact of our own interrelatedness.“ We experienced a new kind of togetherness in 2012 when we moved the Skip Garden, the Hoop Garden and our office onto our current location, writes Jane Riddford.

Bringing the different parts of the organisation together enabled us to see and experience ourselves more clearly as an ecosystem. A big factor in enabling closer collaboration was the fact that for the first time we had a kitchen on site. This meant that we began to regularly sit down as a whole team, to share a cooked lunch together.

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2009

The next phase of Global Generation’s journey took us from Rooftops to Skips on Developers Land. How did we end up as an integral part of one of the biggest regeneration sites in Europe, all 67 acres of it? Writes Jane Riddiford.

In large part it is thanks to the fact that Roger Madelin (pictured below), CEO of Argent, developers of the site, and those who work with him, like Anna Strongman, were willing to give us a chance.

Roger visited us at The Office Group roof back in 2006. Arriving in his trademark cycling outfit, he liked the fact that GG was, as he put it, demonstrating that Business and Activism didn’t have to be either end of the spectrum.

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July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

July 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Happy summertide to one and all, writes Paul Richens. I’ve been wondering what to write about – all our veggies are doing what veggies should be doing at this time of year – growing! We got our first aubergine flowers, first ripe cherry tomatoes some lovely lettuces and our first courgette – all of which are making our kitchen team very happy – phew!

But a visit by my daughter from Harrogate and one from a long-standing friend and family, all the way from Australia, has got me thinking about all the other lovely visitors to the Kings Cross Skip Garden.

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Friday Night Out at King's Cross N1C

Friday Night Out at King's Cross N1C

Friday Night Out is a project for 11- to 14-year-olds, combining football, cooking and other activities, all taking place right in the heart of King's Cross. Arsenal in the Community and Global Generation have teamed up to run this project, supported by the Arsenal FoundationArgent and Islington Giving.

Local young people are invited to come play football in Kings Cross every Friday with Arsenal FC for free.

Then fortnightly, after football, the young people would join Global Generation to learn to cook food that tastes great and is good for them, to eat together in the Skip Garden.

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The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

The Skip Garden Bees are Buzzing!

With the warm weather we have seen lots of excitement with our two hives. The air in our little corner of Kings Cross is thick with bees. Having produced two new queens the worker bees have been busy finding a new homes for the queens to lay their brood, writes Jane Riddiford.

Fortunately the Skip Garden bees are placid and the hives are healthy; we are lucky. I am taken back to 2011, when we got our first Global Generation hives ...I spend several hours lifting frames looking for the blue dotted queen, a plan to tame a feisty colony.

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