Melissa runs the Cities Programme at Demos, where she leads a variety of projects on public space, creativity, and the future of cities.
Projects that Melissa is currently involved with include:
Glasgow 2020: a major mass imagination project to develop new stories for Glasgow based on people's everyday lives and aspirations. This innovative public engagement project is focused on how individual and collective well-being can be better connected and explores non-institutional approaches to city development.
Mass Participation 2012: this feasibility study is investigating how communties across the whole of the UK can meaningfully participate in the London Olympics and how they can win a sustainable local legacy. Demos is developing practical proposals for how this can be taken forward.
Extended Malls: this project is looking at how and if out of town shopping centres- often seen as the bogey-men of urban renewal- can yet become spaces of civic and social value.
The Network Effect: Demos works with the British Council to design and deliver this leadership development programme for the next generation of European leaders, with participants from countries stretching from Ireland to Turkey.
Melissa has worked with with a wide range of cities and local authorities across the UK and internationally including Barcelona, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Lewisham, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Gateshead, Sunderland and Wakefield.
Previous to joining Demos Melissa was Government Affairs Officer for the RSPB where she worked on climate change, transport and urban policy. Melissa also spent time in Washington DC working for Public Citizen on environmental justice and consumer rights issues.
In her spare time she is an elected board member of the Waterloo Community Regeneration Trust, a £5million community-led SRB programme in central London.
The government's approach to tackling social exclusion needs to be rethought if community-based organisations are not to lose the trust of the people they serve.
While the US tries to dominate space, Europe can offer a vision of public space based on the values of openness and peace.
After the Gold RushHosting 'the greatest show on earth' is seen by some as a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide new infrastructure and deliver benefits to local residents and communities and this is why London is bidding.
Based on in-depth studies of three British towns and cities Cardiff, Preston and Swindon, People Make Places explores how the best public spaces are created by people and communities themselves.
Politicians from all parties are beginning to grasp a public service reform agenda based on localism, co-production and community empowerment. But the vision of a partnership between citizen and state is under threat from worryingly low levels of public trust in politics and democratic institutions.
Edited by Joost Beunderman, Joan-Anton Sánchez de Juan and Melissa Mean, this collection of essays is the result of a collaboration between Demos and the Barcelona think tank Fundació Ramon Trias Fargas.
Towns, cities and landscapes are haunted by the ghosts of networks past. Disused railways, old routeways and quiet canals remain leftovers from the industry and commerce of yesteryear. This pamphlet argues that the heritage infrastructure of the public realm can play an important part in addressing the challenges of today.
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The Network Effect brings together Europe's future leaders in a creative, influential and distincitve network.More
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Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest (fuel, imports, exports etc).
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