Hackney Changemakers: Sophie Higgins

I’m very excited to introduce this series of guest blogs by Hackney Changemakers who have inspired me on my own journey to achieve something different in Social Enterprise Borough Hackney. We stand on the shoulders of giants here, wading in a centuries-old river of reforming consciousness. And today’s trailblazers are all great fun to be…

Hackney Tours is Social

2020 is the year of the Staycation. So now we ALL have to rediscover the local 🙂 It’s also the year when Hackney Tours moves closer towards its aim of giving back to the community on multiple levels. Not just in the sense that tours can make people happier, provoking curiosity about where they live…

Look Up For Inspiration: Alternative Statue Tour

We’re very lucky in Hackney to have a tradition of changemakers and pioneers. The history here is full of brave figures who stood up for everything from the Abolition of Slavery through to gender equality and no war. It carries on today, with a river of consciousness that manifests itself in contemporary activism and also…

Lockdown Walks: Taking It All In

This is Pt 2 of “Lockdown Walks: We’re all Flaneurs/euses Now” *(see Pt 1 here) showing how to get more out of your Lockdown exercise. Way before mindfulness was all the rage, walking had been identified as a way to be present and to work the brain in different ways. I’ve experimented with the idea…

Lockdown Walks: We’re All Flâneurs Now

“A city always contains more than any inhabitant can know, and a great city always makes the unknown and the possible spurs to the imagination.” (Rebecca Solnit: ‘Wanderlust’) Just this morning – in a sustainability online group chat – to a guy who’s having a revelation rediscovering where he lives. He walks a different route…

When Mary Met Marcus: Virtue Returns

Today is Mary Wollstonecraft’s birthday. I can’t help thinking she’d be hugely impressed by the incredible phenomenon that is Mutual Aid groups

Journey to Future Hackney

If the exciting radical past of radical Hackney was the pizza of conventional tourism where I started, then eventually I would always end up with a big long stringy piece of cheese stretched out between it and my face. This was the future

Revolutions You Can Dance to in Dalston

Want to meet some kickass changemakers? Want to really connect with your area and get to know the exciting things happening in its hidden corners? Like to support your local homeless shelter? Join us this Sat at 11am for a special edition of the walk celebrating Hackney champions and changemakers – and finishing off at…

Hidden Hackney: Changemakers & Joie de Vivre

Changemaker? Sick of Doom & Gloom and National Politics? It’s grim on the national stage politically, but Hackney has the antidote! On an intimate walk with a few friends come and explore the inspiring local initiatives that are tackling national and even global issues. Meet your new friends and neighbours at the market and connect…

Hidden Hackney: Walking in Wonder with Champions & Changemakers

Depressed by the news? Hackney has the antidote. Hackney Tours offers a collection of tours distilling 10 years experience of exploring this exceptional and exciting borough (#HackneyDecade on social media). The walks join the dots between the famous Hackney radicals and reformers who pushed for a better world for hundreds of years and the dynamism…