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BasildON – Our Home

OUR HOME aims to bring together 50 people in the midst of a global and local crisis to take a moment of calm in the chaos to have a conversation to reflect on our home, Basildon and our collective future after COVID 19.

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Introduction

In our struggle to cope with this new, unpredictable world we have found precious ways of coping. We have found pleasure in the simple things in life – making music, growing vegetables, taking a walk, reading a book. We have found each other – our neighbours, our community. The people around us are more important than ever.

There will come a time when the immediate effects of COVID 19 will be over, and we, as a community, will be tasked with rebuilding Basildon. Will we value the same things that we did at the start of this year? What type of society do we want to live in? What really matters?

OUR HOME aims to bring together 50 people in the midst of a global and local crisis to take a moment of calm in the chaos to have a conversation to reflect on our home, Basildon and our collective future after COVID 19.

How It Works

From the 4th May 2020 to the 17th May 2020, 50 people from Basildon will come together, via the Internet, to produce OUR HOME, a collaborative text.

Created through a number of email conversations OUR HOME will begin with a single question. Those participating will be asked to answer the initial question and then ask another participant of their choosing a new question. This structure will be followed throughout, creating a question and answer trade; a mass pen pal exchange by those living and working in Basildon.

The resulting questions and answers will be collated into a publication. This document will be available publicly and will be used as a tool to help shape future provisions in Basildon.

Why Bother

In these uncertain and scary times it is understandable to ask why you would get involved in OUR HOME. No doubt you have far more important priorities to deal with urgently.

OUR HOME offers a moment to connect with others, to develop friendships under difficult circumstances. OUR HOME offers a space to reflect on our home, on what we value. OUR HOME offers a way to break up the long days of social isolation.

Please join us if you can.

Who Can Get Involved?

OUR HOME aims to bring together at least 50 people in conversation about Basildon. Anyone who has a love or vested interest in Basildon can take part, and there are no restrictions on the numbers of people who wish to participate in the exchange.

You do not have to be good at writing, you just have to be open to a conversation.

Key Dates

  • Sign up – end of Tuesday 28 April 2020
  • If you would like to participate please sign up by emailing: CPP@thingsmadepublic.com. You will be sent detailed instructions.
  • Email Exchange – 4 May 2020 – 17 May 2020

Rules

Be kind

Download a copy of the full pdf brochure here