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Migrant's Bureau shares their internal systems to encourage knowledge sharing within the Migrant's Bureau community

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Migrant's Bureau (MB) shares how they encourage knowledge sharing in their community through a discussion of their work.

The presentation will cover:

-An introduction to Migrant's Bureau and their purpose.

- Creating the optimal space for knowledge and skill sharing - with 'Collective Supperclub'.

• Networking + support systems in the design/architecture/urbanism world.

• Sharing food & sharing space

- The importance of exchange within communities - with 'Transforming Croydon’s Community Facilities'

• Covid impact - on our methods + other organisations and communities

• Acknowledging the limits of our own knowledge

- Empowering young people - with 'Learning From Architecture'

• importance of bigger practices working with young people

- Migrant's Bureau's internal systems to encourage knowledge sharing within the MB community.

There will be a Q and A session after the MB presentation.


Ishwari Bhalerao, Community and Arts Manager

Ishwari’s artistic practice is focussed on breaking down and expanding personal and collective histories embodied within landscapes and language.

Ishwari is a key part of the engagement and facilitation team that worked on the Local Plan Review Youth Engagement, Open City’s School’s programme and Migrant’s Bureau Collective Supper club.

Rufus Shakespeare, Urban and Community Researcher

As Urban and Community Researcher, Rufus is integral to Migrant’s Bureau's engagement schemes in London and internationally. He has expertise in youth engagement, and sees this as a fundamental process in community design. As a Geography graduate, he specialised in Geographies of protest and dissent. While living in South Africa, he researched the tactics of activists fighting against spatial exclusion in cities.


MB: @migrantsbureau

Ishwari: @ish.wari

Rufus: @rufusshakespeare


MB: @migrantsbureau

Rufus: @rufushakespeare

Moderator : Jacqueline Bleicher is an Urban Designer/ Architect, Placemaker, Co-Author and Founder of Global Urban Design Community Interest Company, a social enterprise.

Jacqueline Bleicher MA UD, Associate RTPI, RIBA, ARB has 17 years professional experience working in the built environment in the areas of: Urban Design and Masterplanning, real estate development, planning and policy development and architecture, in both the public and the private sector. Jacqueline actively promotes urban design principles, universal design, inclusive place design and sustainable development practices. She values the community as experts in co-designing places they want to live. work, play, learn and shop. She works with communities to build capacity and engage meaningfully, so they can positively participate in the development process.

This event is brought to you by the Creative Community Placemakers Network in collaboration with Global Urban Design Community Interest Company.

Global Urban Design CIC is a Community Capacity Building, Inclusive Placemaking and Urban Design, Community Interest Company. We are asset locked, limited by guarantee, without share capital and not-for-profit. We reinvest any surplus in growing our capacity, social impact and accomplishing our social missions which include:

• Community capacity building, Workshop Development and Facilitation

• Community Engagement and Co-design

• Promoting sound urban design & inclusive placemaking principles,

• Providing Urban Design, Masterplanning and Inclusive Placemaking consultancy services

• Collaborating on community benefit projects.

• Coordinating the Creative Community Placemakers Network


The Creative Community Placemakers Network (CCPN) brings together community groups, artists, performers, graphic and brand designers, placemakers, urban designers, architects, planners, Council and BID representatives. CCPN provides opportunities for skills and knowledge transfer, networking, community pilot projects and support, as well as being a platform for collaborations.


Proceeds from donations go towards Migrants Bureau's work.

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