Maps for Local Change-Makers

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= "30 maps to help local change-makers and community organisers".



"Mapping a community’s needs and resources is one of the first things that many community groups do, when beginning their journey into local change-making. See also this post from the Transition Network that positions community mapping within the context of lots of other “ingredients” needed for community change-making (The term ‘ingredients’ is the Transition term for patterns in pattern language).

Listed below are mainly UK maps and some global ones. There are maps that locate Timebanks, Cooperatives, community assets and community groups as well as local producers, growers or retailers, independent businesses of all kinds, organics, places for foraging and permaculture projects. There are also some great maps on regional soil types or wind speeds, cycle routes or typical farming, the potential for sea level rise and there’s even a bunch on local statistics maps with figures for things like economic trade and many more."


Sample of maps mentioned on the first page:

  • My Farm Food [1]: See the changing faces of farming. On this map of England, Scotland and Wales you can see how different parts of the country concentrate on different types of farming e.g. sheep farming in Wales. ([2])

  • Landshare - Map [3]: Search the map to find a match, contact matched Landsharers and see how they are working together, search for helpers or local growers, or simply contact people in the wider Landshare community. There’s also a landshare app available. ([4])

  • Big Barn - Map [5]: Find your local producers. We help people to find good, safe, accountable food from local sources. ([6])

  • World Wide Permaculture Project - Map [file://localhost/similar%20conditions%20as%20yourself%20http/]: This is a growing list of permaculture projects worldwide. It will be the premier place to find out who is doing what, and where, in the permaculture world. You can search for projects by keyword, and/or filter to specific project types. You can even constrain your search by climate zone, so you can find others working in the same conditions. ([7])

  • The Global Transition to a New Economy - Map [8]: A map of innovative projects that challenge business as usual and contribute to the systemic change to our economy that we urgently require. Together, these projects create a world that prioritizes human wellbeing, within environmental limits. It is a project of the New Economics Institute, the new economics foundation, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and the Green Economy Coalition. ([9])

  • Soilscapes - Map [10]: Soilscapes conveys a summary of the broad regional differences in the soil landscapes of England and Wales. Soilscapes is not intended as a means for supporting detailed assessments, such as land planning applications or site investigations; nor should it be used to support commercial activities. For such applications, a parallel service Soils Site Reporter provides comprehensive reporting for specific locations. More detailed Soil datasets are also available for lease from NSRI. ([11])

  • Transition Initiatives - Map [12]: This is the Big Transition Map, showing all people, initiatives and projects working in Transition across the world. It’s quite busy in some places so be sure to zoom in to see all the initiatives. ([13])

  • Cooperative UK - Map [14]: Makes it easy for people to find co-operatives and mutuals across the UK. Whether they need food or phones, electricity or banking, Co-operate allows customers to access a better world. There’s also the mobile phone app version. ([15])

  • The Place Station - Map [16]: From town halls to village halls, castles to car parks, community assets can be the cornerstone of a thriving local community. By bringing together assets, ideas and people, The Place Station helps you to transform existing land and buildings into new, vibrant community spaces. ([17])

  • Sustaination - Map [21]: We help you find new trade partners, re-localise, and access real-time opportunities. It’s a professional network serving every type of food business, from farm to fork, at every scale and turnover. ([22])

  • Local Exchange Trading System - Map [23] : Such is the interest from our enquirers that to meet the demand, we maintain a full set of links to local schemes, as soon as we can verify information from individual LETS organisers. Please follow the links from the regional headers to obtain local contacts. ([24])

  • Fruit City - Map [27]: The Fruit trees will appear below. Use the controls to zoom and click and drag around the map. Click on a tree icon to view its description and particular details. Some trees have more information than others. This is down to the amount of information we receive from the public mapping team; You. ([28])

  • Farming Futures - Map [29]: Use the interactive map to discover case studies, factsheets and events in your region. Farming Futures can help you prepare for the impacts of climate change and the opportunities for your business. A great place to start looking for information is our library of fact sheets. Fact sheets one to four are a great introduction to what climate change is, how it will affect agriculture and how you can prepare and respond. ([30])

  • Timebanking UK - Map [33]: There are now well over 250 timebanks across the UK. To find out how you can get involved in one near you, search the database by entering your address or an area of interest. When you have found a timebank, click on the google-map pin to find out more information about it. ([34])

  • Good Food Near You - Map [35]: Find out what’s good where you are – we’ll show you where to find your local food and produce suppliers. From fresh fish to organic lemon curd, our UK database of over 6,000 outlets will satisfy any shopping list. So support your local trade and get searching! ([36])

  • Open Green Map [37]: This World View Map combines all of the Open Green Maps! Zoom in to see thousands of green sites charted by local Green Mapmakers. ([38])

  • Business for Good - Map [39]: The Business for Good Map is your tool to learn where and how companies invest in creating a better, more sustainable world. Explore. Share. ([40])

  • Local Power - Map [41]: LocalPower is an easy way to find groups, and for groups to be found, dealing with the climate, energy and environmental crises through practical action and/or campaigning. ([42])

  • Open access maps mapping commons (not including village greens)