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Website: www.dougald.co.uk

Started: 2009

Based: London

Dougald Hine has been responsible for a series of projects aimed at rethinking how our society works and putting that thinking into practice. In 2006, he co-founded School of Everything, an award-winning web start-up inspired by the informal learning experiments of the 1960s and 70s.

This was followed in 2009 by Space Makers, an agency that brings new life to underused spaces by forging alliances between local authorities, property owners, residents and local businesses. Space Makers began in early 2009 as a series of monthly meetings inspired by a blog post titled 'Let's Recycle Woolworths!'

This vision for the creative reuse of empty shops became a reality with the agency's first project at Brixton Village in south London, where a struggling indoor market was transformed into a rolling festival of temporary creative projects and new independent businesses.

Within a year, the market was fully occupied for the first time since 1979. Elsewhere, Space Makers has helped create the West Norwood Feast - a community-owned and run street-market - and is currently working in Hounslow, Tottenham and Penrith.

Dougald's other projects include Dark Mountain, a cultural movement for navigating an age of global disruption, and the New Public Thinking network, whose first book 'Dispatches from the Invisible Revolution' comes out this month.