Working with members of the Exeter Living Lab, part of the Global Systems Institute at University of Exeter, we’re building the first case study of the Collective Commons: www.pinhoe.org The following report was submitted to the Global Tipping Points Conference, September 12th 2022 >
From Doughnuts to Dark Matter across Mycelium Networks: co-developing place-based narratives for positive change.
Exeter Living Lab is collaborating with Pinhoe’s community on the growth point edge of northern Exeter, bringing a systems approach to convening a Citizens Panel as a case study in place-based deliberative democracy.
• The project began by investigating local challenges with planning processes to uncover transport infrastructure fragility and reduction in green spaces. By mapping policy detail, hyper-local context and impacts at a neighbourhood level, the collaborative process surfaced potential positive tipping points to foster opportunities for behavioural change.
• Using the concept of a Collective Commons to prototype place-based data narratives while developing a neighbourhood-level policy view, this resident-led approach to knowledge exchange allows citizens to access, understand and engage with complex contextual information required for evidence-based discussion of systemic challenges presented by the climate crisis.
• This dynamic framework for knowledge exchange presents opportunities to access and connect with a range of economic and social justice activism and modelling, bringing inspiration from multi-disciplinary projects as innovation multipliers: a constellation of change agents nurturing a renewing mycelium network.
Co-developed with the community and rooted in the social justice networks of the mutual aid movement, the Collective Commons emerges with potential as a library of place-based knowledge, using data storytelling as a tool for narrative change, connecting multiple models of innovation to create positive tipping points in response to the global climate crisis.
Neighbourhood overview of Pinhoe as a Growth Point area
A suburb on the north eastern edge of the city, the parish village of Pinhoe joined Exeter in 1966.
Between 2011 and 2021, Pinhoe’s population increased by 50% to over 9000 residents, with further housing development scheduled and continuing growth forecast.
To understand the flexible boundaries of Pinhoe as a growth point development area, we mapped the community’s ‘lived experience’ of place, crossing political and representational borders.
STAGE ONE TIPPING POINTS IDENTIFIED / 2022
• GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE > NATURE RECOVERY NETWORK connecting the Clyst Valley Park and Trail with Exeter’s Valley Parks across the Northern Hills bordering Pinhoe / LANDSCAPE RECOVERY SCHEME / ELMS government policy initiatives for landownership models
• TRANSPORT STRATEGY > UPDATED VISION: neighbourhood evidence to support new vision for growth point area, building from behaviour change
Place-based narratives leading policy understanding and discussion
Policy and information network, connecting transformational models
• characteristics of place shown as tree species > ‘wood wide web’ network
• crown shyness channel-gaps > mutually respected shared spaces across neighbourhoods