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.

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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  • 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 →
  • Mazizoned April 23, 2017
    SPC are working with OU and Creeknet friends to establish a network of interactive installations along the tidal creek, that forms a DIY networking trail from Brookmill Park to the Swing Bridge. Using a combination of low power computing and … Continue reading →
  • Marking bloom March 9, 2017
    As we concluded the third Creeknet meet-up at Stephen Lawrence Centre this week, it was great to welcome this group of residents from the boating community of Deptford Creek. The large converted coal barge, Luna, moors alongside a nest of … Continue reading →

Photos from MAZI visit to Creeknet, April 2016

Deptford Creek, London

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