The Universe Story in Portugal

The Universe Story in Portugal

Jane and Rod returned last week from leading 3 workshops on the Universe Story in Portugal.  It was an exciting and rewarding time exploring and interpreting our 14 billion year story with teachers and parents in Portugal. We visited Viano do Castelo, Porto and Lisbon. 

Our first workshop, at Viano do Castelo, was held at a Secondary school. First thing in the morning our good friend and host Teresa, set up the room, meanwhile Jane and I stepped outside to pace out 1000 steps up a nearby hill.  Stopping at the end of a road we claimed this point as the Big Bang!

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Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

Sharing Artful and Reflective Practice with Islington Youth Workers

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.

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Tile House Skip Garden sessions

Tile House Skip Garden sessions

One of the pleasures of working as Community Engagement Officer is having the opportunity to design projects that bring the values of the Skip Garden to the wider community, writes Ciara Wilkinson.

As the development continues, we find ourselves closer to residential buildings, and we have been keen for some time to begin engaging with those residents who pass the garden by every day, but who have never, or rarely, ventured inside it.

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Sharing the Universe Story with The Institute of Education

Sharing the Universe Story with The Institute of Education

About 3 weeks ago JaneNicoleRaiesa and I set off early on a Tuesday morning to the Institute of Education. We were going to give a one-day workshop to new teacher trainees on 'The Universe Story, writes Rod Sugden.

Global Generation have been using the modern scientific 14 billion years of cosmic history with young people for the last 3 years. It provides a means to bring children into a huge perspective. A view where they can see that they are part of an immense creative process that is also interconnected.

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Sustainability Training for the Construction Industry

Sustainability Training for the Construction Industry

As we assembled at Waterloo station, I felt a mixture of excitement and anxiety. This was a first for Global Generation. We have worked closely with the construction contractors in King’s Cross since 2009, and, based on the workshops we have run for them in Kings Cross Skip Garden, we were asked if we could run a Sustainability Training programme for them down at our Pertwood campsite in Wiltshire, writes Jane Riddiford.

What might we have to offer a crew of mostly men, dealing with the hardcore realities of frontline construction?

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Stories for a Better World

Stories for a Better World

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Global Generation are exploring a new (and at the same time, very old!) project. We have been working with the Universe Story for quite some time now and are now bringing it to life in a different way, writes project assistant Raiesa Choudury.

'Stories for a Better World' encompasses traditional creation myths alongside the Universe story, using the plight of the bees as an ignition for the project.

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Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

Journeying into the Universe with Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

This month Global Generation had the honour of hosting Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim in the Kings Cross Skip Garden. As well as being professors at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies they are co-producers, with Brian Swimme. of the film "Journey of the Universe" which has had a big influence on Global Generation’s work. writes Jane Riddiford.

The film was inspired by Thomas Berry's call in 1978 for a new story that would bring science and humanities together in an integrated cosmology that could guide humans into the next period of human-Earth relations.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2008

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2008

Developing Global Generation has often felt like we were following a map that was being uncovered through the great people we met along the way, writes Jane Riddiford.

It was through Arthur Potts-Dawson of Acorn House restaurant that we were introduced to King’s Cross-based branding agency Wolff Olins.

Design Director Bethany Koby and Building Manager Stuart Robinson wanted to involve the staff in growing vegetables for the Wolff Olins kitchen as a way of stimulating a hands-on understanding of sustainability throughout the company, which in turn would trickle down to their clients.

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Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

Susie’s reflections on our 10 year celebrations and leaving Global Generation

“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.

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June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

June 2014: Notes from the Garden Shed

Sweet as honey: we’ve just tasted our first Skip garden honey – and it’s wonderful! In tandem with the extraction sessions, working with our two famous urban Beekeepers Alison Benjamin and Brian McCallum, we’ve also been running workshops on planting bee-friendly flowers, cos no flowers no honey!... writes Paul Richens.

People do try and grow wildflowers at home but often without knowing that wildflowers need soil that is nutrient poor and are bewildered when nothing grows.

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Global Generation is 10 Years Old!

Global Generation is 10 Years Old!

We are celebrating our 10 years with 10 events … we hope you can join us at one or more of our events throughout the month of June:

Skip Garden Feasts on Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June 7:30 - 10:30pm

A special 4 course sit down dinner of 10 dishes to celebrate 10 years. Working with the seasons and the skip garden produce our chefs will delight you with an array of delicious vegetarian dishes served in the unique green surroundings of the garden. Relax around the fire and share food in this surprising urban oasis.

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Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

Revisiting Global Generation’s History - 2006

2006 was a landmark year. Thanks to funding from the City Bridge Trust, Global Generation took on our first group of young generators (14 – 18 year old youth leaders). Since then the Generators have provided the backbone for much of Global Generation’s work writes Jane Riddiford.

We wanted the Generators to experience that in unity between different sectors of society, e.g. business and young people there is creativity and strength. We aimed to give them practical opportunities to demonstrate with their own passion that it is “cool to care.”

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Think Even Bigger

Think Even Bigger

Some weeks ago, I was asked to run a workshop for Islington youth workers on our reflective methodologies – ways of working which support the growth of a different perspective, a bigger perspective, writes Jane Riddiford.

Maria, one of our Generators who is part of the Global Generation Big Bang Ambassador group, volunteered to run the workshop with me. It was the end of a long day and at first my mind was blank; what were we going to offer? How would it land?

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Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Revisiting Global Generation's History - 2005

Whilst digging up saplings for a tree planting project down at Pertwood Farm back in 2005 I started imagining how we could bring the Pertwood experience to London. Our first real opportunity was thanks to Charlie Green; director of The Office Group, provider of office spaces for small businesses in central London, writes Jane Riddiford.

When we met Charlie he had recently purchased an Office Building on Grays Inn Road in Kings Cross. It had a flat roof and he had a sense that something special could happen there, although he didn’t know what.

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