What is the Camden Renewal Commission?

The Camden Renewal Commission was set up by Camden Council and University College London’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and brought together commissioners representing Camden’s community, voluntary sector, business and academic community to work on developing practical solutions to help create a fair, sustainable society and address the inequalities we have in Camden. The Commission first met in September 2020.

The Commission’s priorities were set by resident experiences of life in Camden, having heard stories from people in Camden about their experience in particular over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. A strong theme within the Commission has been ensuring every Camden resident can play a part in addressing the issues that matter to communities across the borough. This includes shaping and delivering our renewal “missions” for Camden.

Why have we created missions and what are they?

We believe powerful change can happen when people from the community, the public and private sectors, come together to achieve a shared goal, or mission. These missions help channel creativity and innovation to create positive change for the public.

Camden’s missions are hoped to inspire and channel collective action to achieve shared goals that are important to people in Camden. The missions are:

  • By 2030, those holding positions of power in Camden are as diverse as our community – and the next generation is ready to follow.
  • By 2025, every young person has access to economic opportunity that enables them to be safe and secure.
  • By 2030, everyone eats well every day with nutritious, affordable, sustainable food.
  • By 2030, Camden’s estates and streets are creative and sustainable.

IIPP has put missions at the heart of thinking about innovation and growth policy globally. Read their beginner’s guide on why, where, and how missions matter.

How have we created missions?

Throughout 2020 and 2021, Camden Council has brought together a diverse group of people from across Camden’s community, voluntary, business and academic sectors to look beyond the pandemic and think about how Camden could not just recover from the crisis, but to renew and build a more equal, sustainable borough.

Inspired by community stories and informed by evidence – both of which reflected on local people’s lived experience of the pandemic – and with the desire to help inspire borough-wide action at the heart, the Renewal Commission have developed, and continues to test with wider communities, four renewal missions for Camden.

Who are the commissioners?

Chaired by Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, and Professor Mariana Mazzucato, founder of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at UCL, the group’s work focused on hearing about Camden’s priorities and developing the missions.

Commissioners include:

Pooja Agrawal

Assistant Director of Service Strategy at Homes England

Athian Akec

Member for Camden of the UK Youth Parliament

Kate Bell

Head of the Rights at the Trades Union Congress

Sadia Farah

First Step Action

Christine Foster

Chief Commercial Officer at The Alan Turing Institute

Georgia Gould

Leader of Camden Council

Michaela Greene

Partnerships and Impact Director at Roundhouse Trust

Alexis Keir

Director of Elfrida Rathbone Camden

Saul Klein

Founding Partner at LocalGlobe and Latitude Ventures

Marcel Levi

Chief Executive of University College London Hospitals

Sir Michael Marmot

Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL​

Mariana Mazzucato

UCL Professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

George Mpanga

Performer, Artist and Social Commentator, also known as George the Poet

Ann Phoenix

Professor of Psychosocial Studies at UCL

Simon Pitkeathly

Chief Executive of Camden Town Unlimited​

Farhana Yamin

Lawyer, Author, Social Justice Activist & Founder of Track 0

Part of a global conversation

Places around the world, from South Africa to Sweden, are talking about how to take a mission-based approach to recovery from the pandemic.

You can watch our Commission chairs, Georgia and Mariana, in conversation with international leaders on this topic here.

Camden is playing a leading role in London’s own recovery missions. These cover nine areas, from high streets to mental health, with direct connection to Camden’s renewal missions and wider priorities. For example, Good Work Camden is delivering on London’s mission for good work for all.

We’re working together to tackle some of the biggest issues facing Camden and we want you to be part of it. Find out how you can get involved here.

What’s next?

If you would like to learn more about the Renewal Commission, visit our website.

Valencia photo credit: Howie Mapson on Unsplash 

How to get involved

Do you have a project, story or an idea to share? Get in touch. We want to hear from you.

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