Pilot Study: CreekNet

Deptford’s network of local communities, London

The Open University will work with SPC to explore community interactions via a local network. This pilot will engage a diverse population within a limited geographical area, Deptford, in South East London, UK.

Deptford is an inner-city area with a mixed socio-economic profile, including low income neighbourhoods, artist communities, student populations attending a range of institutions including Goldsmith’s College, Ravensbourne College and the University of Greenwich; and urban professionals. Formerly a wealthy area, economic activity declined with the closure of the nearby dockyards, though a process of redevelopment and gentrification is underway, which has led to local debates about the identity and future of the area.

SPC has worked in Deptford since 2001 and has contacts with local people, community groups, social enterprises, higher education and business interests in the area. SPC has been running a community wireless network OWN (Open Wireless Network) to provide free street level internet access utilising the latest low cost and low power equipment since 2008, developing from their 2001 original network.

All are invited to two days of public meet ups and workshops to exchange ideas and explore the DIY networks of Deptford Creek. Tuesday 20th at Hoy Kitchen on Creek Road SE8 3BU, followed by a free Lowtide Walk at Creekside Discovery ...

Mazi partner, SPC, have begun hosting Mazi Mondays meet-ups aboard the WWII Minesweeper boat on Deptford Creek where local people can come along to meet with members of the Minesweeper Collective as they collect ideas and prepare ...

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RSS SPC blog

  • Realignment June 18, 2017
    The app is now available! Please download and install for Android phones and tablets. During the recent dash to pretotype the Anchorholds app for Creeknet, we have been chopping up html and processing images to retrofit our fork of Open University … Continue reading →
  • Creeknet XF Symposium June 7, 2017
    Its been a very hectic few weeks at SPC as we bring focus onto DIY networks of Deptford Creek at the first Creeknet Symposium on 20th and 21st June. The poster here for you to print and put up in … Continue reading →
  • Creakynet April 24, 2017
    We visited the Hoy Steps again today to view the condition of the street level area inside the gates and assess the clean up task. After 20 years of restricted access, an accumulation of old wheels, wooden pallets and tangle … Continue reading →

Photos from MAZI visit to Creeknet, April 2016

Deptford Creek, London

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