Social Integration Design Lab

As part of All of Us: The Mayor’s Strategy for Social Integration, we are working with local authorities to embed social integration and design principles into public service delivery, projects and policies. The 2019 Social Integration Design Lab and 2020 Social Integration Design Network bring together local authorities that wish to lead innovative practices which promote social integration in their local area and provide a stimulating space to design, test and share interventions that support a more socially integrated London.

Both the Lab and the Network are focused on supporting regeneration projects and practices that are committed to creating an environment where Londoners find it easy and beneficial to have positive and regular interactions with those around them, and to bring different groups of Londoners together through shared experiences. Through this, Londoners will be supported to develop strong, meaningful relationships as well as shared identities.

Using regeneration to shape how we all live together

The Social Integration Design Lab 2019 programme report brings together what we’ve learnt so far and showcases the work of the 17 boroughs that took part. It shares outcomes of the Lab with principles, project snapshots and recommendations to help local authorities and other regeneration partners to deliver a more accessible, welcoming and inclusive London.

Social Integration Design Lab 2019

In 2019, We Are Snook were commissioned to deliver the Social Integration Design Lab. The lab's first year focused on supporting regeneration projects that were committed to creating an environment where Londoners found it easy and beneficial to have positive and regular interactions with those around them, and that brought different groups of Londoners together through shared experiences. Through the lab, Londoners have been supported to develop strong, meaningful relationships as well as shared identities.

A key aim of the Lab was for each participating project to become a best-practice example of designing regeneration projects for social integration, and inform a set of social integration design principles that can be used by others.

Key Outcomes of the Social Integration Design Lab 2019 included:

  • a series of London-based case studies which show how regeneration projects can be designed, tested and evaluated for social integration
  • increased learning for London and other regions on how social integration can be improved through local public projects, policies and services, implemented at the local authority level
  • a peer network of local authorities who are committed to using their powers and resources to improve social integration in London
  • a published set of evidence-based social integration design principles which can be used by local authorities more broadly

The Social Integration & Regeneration Learning Network 2020

The Social Integration & Regeneration Learning Network brings together urban regeneration and social integration professionals, experts and academics with the aim to share and develop learning across London boroughs. Our primary focus is on providing space, time and skilled facilitation to local authority regeneration teams to come together and learn from one another. With an exciting programme of networking and training events, supplemented by focused peer exchange sessions that will run throughout 2020, the network promises to build participants’ confidence and capacity in embedding social integration principles into their work on regeneration. The network builds on the 2019 Lab but also offers new opportunities and tools, so is open to both participants from the 2019 Lab as well as to local authority teams who are new to this programme.

To register your interest and be contacted about upcoming network events, please send your name, role and borough to London Metropolitan University, at: [email protected].

Key dates

 

  • January 2020: Showcase event
  • February 2020: Network Co-design process begins

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