Mapping for Change (MfC) is a University College London spin-out social enterprise. We were founded in 2008 and born from over 15 years of ongoing that centres on participatory mapping and participatory geographic information systems. MfC specialise in working across sectors, in a participatory capacity, in the use of geospatial technologies to achieve social and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on, but not limited to, individuals and communities from disadvantaged or marginalised groups.
We undertake research and development of new processes, technologies, tools and platforms, such as our Community Maps software, which seeks to create improvements for the health, wellbeing and culture of individuals and communities. This is centred on providing easily replicable data collection and sharing methodologies that use inclusive approaches, interactive mapping tools and interface design, and knowledge creation processes to extend end-user utility.
Our aim is to widen the number of citizens engaging in community life, particularly those who ordinarily do not participate in decision-making processes.
Based on its experience across a number of projects that focus on the empowerment of communities through the deployment of new technologies, MfC will lead the work on stakeholder engagement and local validation trials within WeGovNow. MfC, in collaboration with the London Borough of Southwark, will manage the London based pilot. MfC will also make available the current implementation of Community Maps, a flexible and stylish participatory mapping platform that can visualise data, compare information, and encourage conversations about the places and things that matter. Community Maps can facilitate dialogue and collaboration across sectors, within organisations, or amongst communities. Expansion and customisation will be undertaken based on needs identified by WeGovNow.