The challenge of bringing people together to share stories is minimized by the opportunities ahead to allow genuine individual and collective voices of expression to emerge. We all need the time to talk and listen to eachother's in order to co-create alternative visions for the future beyond stereotypes, especially under challenging socio-economic circumstances and uncertain futures for all. Learning from each other's narratives is a gift but where do we start our journey?

Tulse Hill in South London and St Martin's Estate in particular are spaces where historically the friction between local public and private service providers has shaped the life of residents going through the ups and downs of community lead activism and the determination to have their voices heard. We work closely with High Trees Community Development Trust, an organization providing adult learning opportunities and ongoing service to the wider community. One of the sucessful stories of the neighbourhood.

audio interviews
We were confronted by a generic sense of apathy in the community and a lack of connectors or community leaders to help us through the process, so designing a project to serve the various communities and age groups whilst keeping the momentum of the project was a big challenge. To capture the imagination of the two age groups we had to keep positive we worked with a small group of local residents and members of the community who showed genuine interest in the project. Communication was an issue and we decided to take a low profile approach and deliver a flexible plan and build the project organically from people to people including some small interventions in the community. This is an ongoing process and we hope to hear from more people in the future
St Martin's Estate
Located South of Brixton in Tulse Hill, the estate consists of 1282 dwellings including low-rise deck access blocks, four 6-storey tower blocks and a small number of houses. Analysis of data from the 2001 Census (Office of National Statistics, 2004) describe an estate which suffers considerable, but not extreme, economic hardship and the residents are largely drawn from groups whose lives are characterised by disruption and have limited resources to cope with adverse events such as redundancy, ill-health and school exclusion. The residents, typically, have low status jobs and poor qualifications. They suffer considerable overcrowding and have low car ownership. There are many single parent households and the residents are highly diverse, ethnically.
High Trees
Founded in 1998 High Trees has been successfully serving the local community as a learning centre for more than a decade and is closely linked with other public and community-based services. At the beginning of 2010 High Trees Community Development Trust was selected by CDI Europe (Centre for Digital Inclusion) to become their first UK community space. CDI's vision is to empower people through technology, community action and entrepreneurship.

They provide us with the initial connexions with Metropolitan Housing Trust, indiviuals in the community and the access to the computer space to work where we ran our meeting, workshops sessions and presentation.
We started our research on common issues of concern in the present time and identifying from the participants which issues they feel there as relevant. We distributed flyers and posters. We ran a series of individuals and small group session During this reserach we identify an VHS tape of a similar media initiatives and created the resources, identifying themes and topics of discussions as well as training on the art of create questions. At the same time we experience some interventions in the community.
We started tne process of interviewing promoting the interaction and exchanging roles from interviewer to interviewee, learn the use of camera equipment and applied a structure of time / space to help to create a common framework for all. We also facilitated conversations on live topics of relevance. Following the process of editing the interviews and further along the line, we will be creating a video archive for the community.
We are planning our last end of event showcase in January 2012. We will invite the wider community to enjoy our participants work and take inspiration from what has been achieved. The fallout from the project could very easily provide more questions than answers and hopefully more conversations!