Marina Chang, Development Planning Unit, UCL

Foodpaths: The King’s Cross Movement has been developed based on the experiences and extensive networks built through the successful public engagement project Food Junctions, which was funded as part of the Reveal festival in spring 2010. Foodpaths aims to make public engagement more sustainable and inclusive using food as the core element.

We aim for the project to have an impact on local and national policy agendas on urban food, as well as related issues of health, well-being and inclusion of marginalised people and the most vulnerable communities. This project seeks to support at a local level the distinctive UCL contribution to the global debate on the challenge of feeding the population of an increasingly urban world.

We took a strategic decision to focus on the King’s Cross area as UCL is part of the King’s Cross community. Large scale regeneration is happening within the King’s Cross area and this transitional stage is an opportunity to work out possible new approaches, including practical methods, for food production and consumption. This vision is also reflected by our local partners, Calthorpe Project and Holy Cross Centre, who are also involved in collective action, care for marginalised groups and other endeavours to build a more inclusive society and sustainable urban environment.

Foodpaths is an inter-disciplinary, collaborative and collective project. Five sets of events will take place from January to June 2011, allowing the team to engage with diverse groups through a wide range of activities, all with the common theme of food and collective action: 1) growing food and the city; 2) food and alternative economy; 3) food and women; 4) food and health; and 5) food and spirituality.

Every event has a specific role to play in accomplishing the four main goals of the project:

  • Bringing together different people and organisations that do not usually interact
  • Encouraging deeper participation of marginalised people (for example, homeless people, immigrants, women, elderly and disabled people)
  • Constructing collective visions by creating opportunities for dialogue among multiple stakeholders
  • Creating a legacy of opening new and lasting opportunities for public engagement and sustainable development

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