Transformative social change has always started in and with civil society.

In a world which often risks being captured by the past, we need a civic society which can be both fiercely independent in organising itself, and also truly interdependent with all those seeking to build a shared future.

In London, this civic society is already around us. It is represented by the people working tirelessly to serve their communities, by the city’s highly effective activists and organisers, its radical artists and curators, as well as by the individuals and networks exploring new ways of caring for each other and the world around them. Deeply embedded in communities across the city, this civic society has a unique role to play in bridging us to new and unknown tomorrows.

Civic Futures
To support that urgent work, Civic Futures starts by asking how we can build shared wisdom in making the transition to a better future? How do we best bring together some of the amazing people active across London to learn from and support each other in building that future?

Civic Futures is an initiative Dark Matter LabsKoreo, and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA). From September 2019, we’ll work with up to 25 people to facilitate a collective learning experience focused on peer relationships and learning, inquiry and exploration, systems thinking, and collaboration across London’s civil society as well as with the GLA. 

The First Cohort

We were overwhelmed by the number and range of people who expressed an interest, humbled by their talent and work across the city. Following an in-depth selection process which included all the project partners, we identified 25 people who we think will make a defining contribution to the project in this first year. 

This final group is a mixture of activists, artists, funders, curators, educators, organisers, connectors, technologists, carers, archivists, and people playing combined and hybrid roles right across London's civil society.

  • Bushra Ahmed, West Croydon Voice
  • Christina Sealy, TalentRich
  • Edward Saperia, Newspeak House
  • Eli Manderson-Evans, Ten Years' Time
  • Ellie Hale, Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST)
  • Fani Arampatzidou, East End Women's Museum
  • Farah Mohammoud, YouPress
  • Jim Minton, Toynbee Hall
  • Joyce Fraser, Black Heroe's Foundation
  • Karen Chillman, Croydon CVS
  • Krissie Nicolson, East End Trades Guild
  • Laura Kerry & Morag McGuire, Artillery
  • Leroy Simpson, Community Liaison
  • Mama D Ujuaje, Community Centered Knowledge
  • Marcela Benedetti, Latin-American Women Rights Service (LAWRS)
  • Mei Lim, Reach Children's Hub
  • Melanie Hudson, Howbury Friends
  • Nahimul Islam, Wapping Youth FC
  • Natasha Friend, Camden Giving
  • Ned Glasier, Company Three
  • Nicholas Okwulu, Pempeople
  • Nile Bridgeman, AfterParti
  • Poulomi Desai, Usurp Arts
  • Tobi Kyeremateng, Black Ticket Project

You can also find some of the Civic Futures leaders on Twitter at:

  • Bushra Ahmed - @WCroydonVoice, @bushraahmed_wcv
  • Edward Saperia - @edsaperia
  • Ellie Hale - @eg_hale
  • Farah Mohammoud - @Farah_Mohammoud
  • Jim Minton - @JimMinton_
  • Joyce Fraser - @jfraseronline
  • Krissie Nicolson - @KrissieNicolson
  • Leroy Simpson - @LeroyDSimpson
  • Mama D Ujuaje - @DadaMamA3
  • Natasha Friend - @friend_natasha
  • Ned Glasier - @nedglasier
  • Nile Bridgeman - @nibridge
  • Poulomi Desai - @PoulomiDesai
  • Tobi Kyeremateng - @bobimono

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To hear more about Civic Futures, and to hear about opportunities to join future cohorts, please sign up here. You may also be interested in signing up to Koreo's newsletter, The Young Foundation mailing list, and Dark Matter Labs' Medium.

If you’d like more information or have a question about the programme please email

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