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An overview of Community21


The Community21 Place-Maker-Space (Brighton)
Community21 co-founder Nick Gant
Resilience tools
Youth engagement
Inter-generational collaborative planning
technology tools
Sharing knowledge through accessible tools
Collaboratively designing (co-designing) community tools

Community21 is a social design agency that supports collaboration initiatives between researchers at the University of Brighton, community related organisations and real communities.

Together we co-design and co-produce tools and methods, built through collaborative, inclusive research that aim to address issues and engage with opportunities that we identify together. These tools utilise accessible digital and collaborative making methods.

Community21 was founded by University of Brighton design academic Nick Gant and Action in Rural Sussex Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Gittins, but has grown to facilitate a network of University researchers and community practitioners, urban and rural communities, NGOs and service providers.

Together we have collaboratively designed practical tools and engaged with topics that support the development of community sustainability energy and water schemes, emergency planning, neighbourhood planning, inter-generational and inclusive youth engagement, citizenship and resilience and engagement with urban biodiversity.

Example of planning tool uses

Some potential uses for Community21 tools

Search the toolbox to access our open-tools, check out our case studies or contact us to discuss research and development ideas or the needs or untapped potential your community organisation may wish to unlock through collaborative social design.

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Community21's toolkit

Practical tools co-designed by communities for communities that engage with a range of 'bottom-up' defined topics

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Community21 mapping tool

We work with you to codesign your community21 microsite giving you the facility to map your work using video, image, text and documents.

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Community21 forms part of a collaborative research project lead by The University of Brighton and Founder Nick Gant. Find out more!

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