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Tessy Britton

Chief Executive

I am the Founding Chief Executive of Participatory City Foundation. 

Local people have been inventing unique and innovative projects across the globe. Taken together these projects paint a picture of a different kind of neighbourhood - where positive effects are generated - by everyone, for everyone - in the course of going about their daily lives. Together with residents in Barking and Dagenham we hope that the Every One Every Day initiative will support the types of projects that residents really want and need.

A little bit about Tessy's background

Tessy is founder of Participatory City Foundation and has been developing the this innovative practice for 7 years, researching and prototyping new ways to support widespread practical participation. Tessy is Editor in Chief for Community Lover’s Guide — a crowdsourced project, gathering 100s of case studies of participatory culture projects from across the world. The project has published 12 City Collections, as well as the original book which started the series ‘Hand Made: Portraits of emergent new community culture’.


Tessy works on a number of international projects, including supporting Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor’s Challenge, judging the New Radicals 2016 with Nesta and The Observer, and is a British Council Fellow for the Hammamet Conference in Tunisia. Tessy is a guest lecturer at: Saïd Business School (Oxford), LabGov at LUISS University (Rome); Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University; Rhode Island School of Design (Providence. USA). Tessy led a new education MA module at Chichester University on teaching metacognition and wellbeing in schools and was a member of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society during that time.