WHY I WANTED TO JOIN THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM
I was an ordinary citizen who walked through the door of the West Norwood 'Open Works' (forerunner to Participatory City) and walked out convinced of the need for such a participatory culture in every village , town and city. Using the Participatory City process I connected with neighbours and other local people to create an urban growing project, and an Open Orchard - planting fruit trees in public places. Almost 3 years later both projects have gone from strength to strength. Basically, participatory culture works, and I'm passionate about spreading the love to others!
A little bit about MY background
Wayne has fifteen years public sector management, strategy and project experience, cutting his teeth in dark days of London Underground. He's spent almost a decade working and volunteering in the third sector promoting equality, protection of the natural environment and more recently in and around the food system.
He's the co-founder of the Open Orchard Project, which connects communities through fruit and planting fruit trees in public places, and is a passionate grower at home and in community gardens.
He has a BSc in Biochemistry & Management from Imperial College London, is a director of Incredible Edible Lambeth, and is a Fellow of the RSA. He lives in south London with his 3 chickens.