It’s January 2017. Almost February. It may seem rather unusual to wish the year ahead will reflect the one that has just gone by. But when I read our young people’s script in response to the Donmar’s all-female staging of Shakespeare's The Tempest at King’s Cross, and I remember the sound of their voices projected across the theatre hall, I want to go back in time. I want to re-experience those moments, feeling that hundreds of years of tradition and literature can still be alive and filling up our souls with sense, with reason and purpose.Read More
Some years ago the Youth Team at Islington Council who have been the main funder for our Generator programme, started noticing the words of young people appearing in our funding reports. They were curious. What were the experiences that led to the vulnerability, creativity and sense of purpose they felt in the writing? This led to a six month commission to share our practice with Islington Youth Workers, writes Jane Riddiford.Read More
As I feel the wind on my skin and the sun warming up my face in the middle of London, I am brought back to my spot on the mountains in the Pyrenees a week ago, where I did a 24-hour solo… a day and a night on my own in one spot, to just simply be with nature, writes Nicole van den Eijnde.
When the opportunity arose to go onto a wilderness retreat in the Pyrenees with Way of Nature and Active Earth I knew I had to go. A big part of what we have been doing with Global Generation in our Engaged Philosophy sessions, yoga and sitting still practice is to open up a space inside of us to just ‘be’ and in such a way connecting more deeply with who we are and the world around us. This would take me further on this adventure …Read More
The Dutch – dontcher just love em!
Notwithstanding our impressive Programme Director Nicole Van den Eijnde I’ve a new Low Countries hero, Marc van Rijsselberghe. For those of you that didn’t see the article in The Observer on 19 October 2014 ‘Humble spud set to start a world food revolution’by Tracy McVeigh I thought I’d better enlighten you, writes Paul Richens.
I find this story a vindication of my disdain for GM production methods and an affirmation of working with nature.Read More
Nature knows it and plants are starting to show it - the tide has turned on summer tipping us towards autumn. Hedgerow Hawthorns are heavy with berries and the first few leaves of the Spindle trees are glowing red, writes Paul Richens.
In the Skip Garden the Corncockles planted for our project on wildflowers of the wheat field are full to bursting with ripe seed. Pristine Red Admiral and Peacock butterflies glide about our flowers feeding and preparing for their long hibernation ahead.Read More
Change is a slow and unpredictable thing. Lately I have been paying attention to how others are leading in Global Generation. As Donna Ladkin describes “leadership is a phenomenon, an art we can enact and explore together and support each other to do better”, writes Jane Riddiford.
As I was about to leave the Kings Cross Skip Garden I looked out of the office door, there was Silvia introducing a group of our twilight gardeners to the idea of finding silence in the heart of London.Read More
After 12 months of travelling through the journey of the universe with children and teachers from St John’s Primary School in Wallingford it was natural to finish with our responsibility for the future. To do this we chose to tell the story of the bees, writes Jane Riddiford.
During the morning assembly we learnt about the earliest bees who inhabited our planet 130 million years ago and now like the canary in the mine, bees are telling us we need to start paying attention to them and all of life on earth.Read More
“Leap like a tiger, walk like a tortoise” is one of my favourite ever Buddhist phrases, and can apply to so many things we do - requiring a burst of courage and then lots of tiny steps and steady growth, to move on to making that first leap worthwhile. Throw the seed, then let it germinate in its own time, writes Susie Moss.
It took a giant leap to begin working with Global Generation in 2012, and now it’s taking a big leap to leave.Read More
We opened our eyes, ready to start a full day in complete silence. The sound of the morning birds was filling our ears and bodies as if we were in a sound system. The idea was born one day at the Kings Cross Skip Garden, writes Silvia Pedretti.
"Through silence comes space. Into the space come those things that we have tried hard to find. Our nearest galaxy is the same size as the little speedwell flower if I am in between, looking at both. The universe is contained within both. My awareness of them connects the one to the other."
- Geraldine, Global Generation's Office ManagerRead More
One of the many times Global Generation has experienced a challenge turning to an opportunity was in 2007. Thanks to the summer drought in the previous year that nearly devastated our first London project - a garden on the roof of The Office Group’s building in King’s Cross - we found ways to bring water to support the growth of wild flowers and food crops, writes Jane Riddiford.
A random phone call led to a series of meetings with Thames Water and a success with the Lottery fund provided us with enough financial and people resources to save more water than we actually needed.Read More