The Small Change Forum

Conference 2011

One day conference hosted by CENDEP and community arts organisation Multistory, at Oxford Brookes University, Friday 7 October 2011.

Today's challenges to making places demands big change to our established norms and assumptions. The Small Change approach starts with a common senses assumption: if you want to achieve something big, you start with something small and you start where it counts. What is small change and how can practitioners add value to community development through the small change approach?

To answer this question the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) and Multistory held a one day conference at Oxford Brookes University. Over 80 people attended, from non governmental organisations (NGOs), universities, and the private and public sectors. The day included plenary sessions, seminars and thematic discussions which shared lessons and research for achieving community development through Small Change initiatives.

The conference examined the Small Change philosophy with specific focus on the role of culture and participatory arts as tools for development. It was agreed that the Small Change approach has the potential to challenge and change how we think, do and organise in order to sustain community development initiatives; the aim of which being to work more successfully with people so as to improve where they live and their life opportunities.

For a summary of the conference report, click here.

The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011
The Small Change Conference 2011

Conference images © <-- -->StoryWorks (@StoryWorksUk)

Small Change by Nabeel Hamdi

  • Hamdi, N (2004)
    Small Change
    About the Art of Practice and the Limits of Planning in Cities

Small Change is the process by which small practical and mostly low budget interventions, when carefully targeted, act as catalysts for big and long lasting change designed to improve people's environments and opportunities.

CONTACT DETAILS

Centre for Development and Emergency Practice

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, UK
OX3 0BP

Tel: +44 (0) 1865 483966
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 483298

Jeni Burnell, Forum Chair
jburnell@brookes.ac.uk