Market of Ideas

Sharing spaces, creating a more equal society through placemaking.

The Children’s Wood and the Goethe-Institut Glasgow are organising a Market of Ideas to encourage discussion around the topic of inequality in communities all over Europe, Saturday 30th May. Join local activists and experts to discuss how shared spaces can help create a more equal society. There will be local, national and international initiatives participating and opportunities for discussion.

Timetable 10am-6pm
Keynote talks 10am-12:30pm in Kelvin College

Bill Kerry, UK
The Equality Trust works to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing economic inequality. They analyze and disseminate the latest research, promote robust evidence-based arguments and support a dynamic network of campaign groups across the country.

Marguerite Hunter Blaire, Play Scotland
Play Scotland is the National organisation for play in Scotland, working to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community.

The Children’s Wood

INtransit North West European projects
An initiative by young people for young people from Skärholmen, an outer Stockholm district with about 80% of the people having a migration background. They organize festivals, have educational programs and raise awareness of political issues amongst young people from the area. Through their initiatives, Mitt127 succeeded in creating a local community where everyone is welcome.

Dublin’s largest inner city organic community farm. The aim of the Garden farm is to harness the production and provision of organic food as a resource for educational, social and artistic application. It is rooted in a strong collaboration with several other community groups and aims at reconnecting people with the sources of the products they eat.

What would you do if your city announced it would close 15 out of 21 local libraries? Protest, complain, become a cynic, or take action and create something new? After having tried the first, a group of residents from Rotterdam West decided it was time for the latter. Describing the situation as a cultural and social disaster, they quickly devised a strategy in which they invited people from the neighbourhood to tell them what their ideal Reading Room would look like, but also what they would be willing to do to make it happen. Today, the Reading Room has reopened and functions as a lively community space.

Yhteismaa (Common Ground) is a non-profit organization, specialized in new participatory city culture, co-creation and social movements. All our projects share the aim of a more fun, free, sustainable, responsible and social urban life. These include an international flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, art exhibitions at home, international conferences, a social media platform and many others.

Market of Ideas
1-3pm on North Kelvin Meadow and The Children’s Wood

Local initiatives form the G20 area will be presenting their projects. Some of the groups include:

Maryhill Foodbank
Children’s Wood
Maryhill Burgh Halls http:/
Queen Margaret Driver Traders Association
Maryhill Mobile Creche
Friends of the River Kelvin
Woodlands Community Garden
And many more local initiatives and activities for children like Facepainting

Community/family Ceilidh
Cosmic Ceilidh Band
The Cosmic Ceilidh Band are one of Scotland’s most sought after Edinburgh and Glasgow based ceilidh bands playing a lively repertoire of Celtic Ceilidh music full of surprises.

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