Herne Hill CAN – what happened next
A month and a bit has passed since we closed the door on our first Idea Shop and it’s time for a catch-up with some of the wonderful people we met. First up is green-minded Hearn Hill Climate Action Network.
Since visiting Idea Shop Hearne Hill CAN have created their own website and started to use social media to engage with the local community. Their popular monthly event, Green Drinks, is now promoted online and followed up online too.
At the last Green Drinks Hearn Hill CAN held a master class in making a plant pot out of newspaper and planting tomato plants. Pics from the event have been posted online. And forthcoming events are promoted alongside the pics.
They’ve also taken our advice on starting a blog. Therese, a key member of the group, didn’t want it to be just another blog about green stuff. So she hit on the fantastic idea of challenging a filmmaker friend to live on carbon emission rations of just 10% of the national average. The blog is already getting lots of attention, including coverage in South London Press and Lambeth Life, and they’ll continue to promote it as the month goes on. I’ll be interested to see what green challenges might feature on the blog in the future.
Check out the website, http://www.hernehillcan.org/
And the carbon ration blog, http://www.hernehillcan.org/rationmeup
But that’s not all. Therese also had some ideas for us.
She said she’d like to see more big companies, like us and our clients, working with small community groups like hers. She liked the way Idea Shop had come to the community rather than expected the community to come to us, but she suggested we build on that by offering an ongoing mentoring scheme. We’ve got our hands full organising Idea Shop East at the mo, but a mentoring scheme is a great idea and something we will definitely consider for the future. Thanks Therese.
What do you think about Herne Hill CAN’s developments?
And what do you think about Therese’s ideas for Idea Shop?