Hackney Changemakers: Thea May

“I realised that I can not teach people to lie any more. My line in the sand is clear. I cannot and will not no longer coach people to give charismatic talks that they don’t care about. That is how we got into this problem in the first place! Disconnect from self and others. Business detached from its social and environmental impact.”

Hackney Changemakers: Doug Racionzer

Hackney Cooperative Developments have been here several decades, trying to keep commercial rents affordable so that existing business owners can stay where they have established themselves and, often, where they live. They are closely involved with the council on the Hackney Social Enterprise Borough initiative and this is how I met Sophie Higgins (see previous…

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…

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…