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Sir Patrick Geddes Commemorative Lecture 2023

The social and ecological transition, and the critical role of our homes, streets, and neighbourhoods
25 May 2023 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM / Scotland / Online

25 May 2023 at 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
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By Imandeep Kaur, Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE

Throughout her decade-long career, Immy has focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Through this work she has discovered much about economic justice and broader injustices, the pivotal role of land and social/civic infrastructure in neighbourhoods, and the value extracted from communities through our broken investment models. It’s an ongoing journey of discovery, emergence and learning together.

Immy is a Co - Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE. CIVIC SQUARE is a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. Immy is part of a creative and dynamic leadership team who work alongside the local neighbourhood, to offer a bold approach to visioning, building and investing in civic infrastructure for neighbourhoods of the future.

She is also an active member of Project 00. Immy is part of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab Advisory Team, a Birmingham Hippodrome Trustee, a Birmingham Open Media (BOM) Board Member and an Inclusive Economy Partnership Board Champion, and the National Lottery Community Fund Advisory Board. Immy was a founding director of Impact Hub Birmingham, which was open between 2015 - 2019. Impact Hub Birmingham was on a mission to help build a fairer more equal and just city, through people place and open movements. On a voluntary basis, Immy also led and ran TEDxBRUM between 2012 and 2017.

Immy’s work has been recognised with a series of notable honours and awards. In 2018, Impact Hub Birmingham was named a NESTA New Radical. For her services to the city of Birmingham, Aston University’s School of Life & Heath Sciences granted Immy an Honorary Doctorate in 2019. And in 2020, Immy was awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship.

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12.30     Welcome and Introduction – Kirsty Macari, Convenor, RTPI Scotland

12.35     Lecture – Imandeep Kaur, Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE

13.00     Discussion and questions

13.25     Vote of thanks – Stephen Hajducki, Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust

13.30     Closing remarks – Kirsty Macari