Dartington Social Justice Innovation
What we do and how
Our focus is on pioneering and generating increased social justice innovation through our work here at Dartington and beyond. It is one of the key ways Dartington is working to put our principle of embodying and inspiring a many-sided life for all into practice.
We do this by bringing together the many sides of Dartington, as well as a range of other people and organisations working to advance social justice locally, nationally and globally, to:
- Generate knowledge, learning and capacity in social justice innovation
- Create or support new practical social justice innovations
- Engage and influence policy makers and the public
Our current priorities include:
- Developing new learning opportunities for contemporary and future social justice innovators
- Exploring and strengthening the role of the arts in advancing social justice
- Delivering practical place-based social justice innovations in a rural/semi-rural context
Our current and recent projects include:
Who we are
Our work is developed and delivered with staff colleagues and volunteers from across the Trust. In addition, we work with a number of external associates and advisors experienced in both social justice and innovation.
Why we are doing this
From its very beginnings, progressive values and social justice goals have been at the heart of Dartington’s experiment in living and learning.
Over the last century we have brought these values to life through a wide range of activities and action – from hosting and championing radical social and economic policy thinkers, driving and supporting better frontline practice, and incubating or supporting local projects and services working directly with people and groups experiencing disadvantage.
Whilst there has been much social progress and change in that time, inequalities remain one of the defining challenges of our time threatening our social fabric, economic resilience and our environment; inequalities that mean that having a real chance of being able the live the kind of many-sided lives Dartington embodies and inspires is still the preserve of too few and certainly not yet something for the many.
However we do not believe such inequality and injustice is inevitable and we think change and alternatives are not only possible, but imperative. As Dartington steps up our work to embody and inspire a many-sided life we are committed to harnessing the many sides of our work to contribute to change.
Get in touch
Dartington Social Justice Innovation, Higher Close, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EE
Ceri Goddard, Associate Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
Owen Dowsett, Research and Development Officer – email@example.com