This is a unique time to re-imagine community businesses, and their role in offering recovery support to local communities. It is important to hear from a range of voices, and particularly from those most affected by this current crisis and by forms of long-standing economic and social injustice. We are recognising a need to redistribute power locally, and to examine our own and key decision-makers’ positions and privileges, before jumping into the work of rebuilding.
How and in what ways could, should and/or might this happen in our communities?
What are practical ways to shift our working patterns and build more authentic relationships with a wide range of community stakeholders? What are some of the challenges that we encounter when building community relationships, and how could they be overcome?
Stephanie Gamauf is the Co-Founder of OurSpace, a grant-funded multi-partner programme working across community centres in Lambeth to build locally-rooted leadership capacity and to design new solutions towards greater diversity and inclusion. She recently published the OurSpace Toolkit for Inclusive Spaces, a collection of practical tools and advice for community practitioners.
Previously to this, she worked as Head of Programmes and Community at Impact Hub Brixton, a community-focused co-working space. Stephanie has extensive experience in supporting the growth of local businesses, and working on community-led placemaking. She designed and delivered enterprise programmes for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her management of 'Open Project Night', a platform for community innovation in Brixton supported the growth of more than 130 local ventures.
Stephanie holds a MA in International Development from the University of Sheffield, and has worked on urban development and UN programmes in Kenya, Mexico, and Austria.